Illegal dumping is the deliberate or unauthorised disposal of any waste onto private or public land where no license or approval exists to accept such waste.
There are few aspects of life and society that litter does not affect. It is a significant financial, environmental and social problem, it pollutes our roadsides, chokes our waterways and can threaten wildlife. It is a lost opportunity to re-use dumped materials.
Illegal dumping can vary significantly from a small bag of rubbish to large household goods such as whitegoods, mattresses and furniture or building (construction and demolition) materials, abandoned cars, car parts or hazardous waste such as asbestos, tyres or chemical drums in isolated areas.
Illegal dumping includes dumping household rubbish in public place bins, such as those in public parks and reserves. These bins are for the public to use and are serviced using money from rates. When household rubbish is dumped into public place bins, they need to be serviced more frequently, using rates which could be better spent elsewhere. Dumping household rubbish into public place bins also causes inconvenience for users of the public space.