Cassowary Coast Regional Council

What is illegal dumping?

Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of any type of waste material, and penalties apply.

Common illegally dumped items include:

  • household rubbish and garden waste
  • household goods (such as whitegoods, TV’s, mattresses and furniture)
  • building waste (construction and demolition materials)
  • tyres, chemical drums and paint tins
  • asbestos.

What's so bad about illegal dumping?

Illegal dumping is un-clean, un-safe, and un-acceptable! There is never a good enough excuse for residents to dispose of their rubbish in ways that pollute our natural environment, and vandalise our region. Not to mention the cost of removing illegal waste, which unfortunately passes on to our community. Waste can also affect and harm our native wildlife, some of which are endangered species.

Report Illegal Dumping Report Illegal Dumping

I have witnessed an act of unlawful dumping, and wish to report it.
Cassowary Coast Regional Council can issue an infringement notice to an individual based on your report. Please only submit your report if you are willing to testify in court. Though it is important to note that typically only a small number of cases proceed to court. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory to submit this report. When you have finished, please ensure you have completed all the mandatory fields, scroll down and click the submit button.
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Why is illegal dumping a problem?

Illegal dumping pollutes our environment and significantly diminishes the use, enjoyment and value of our public places—making our communities and natural areas look dirty and uncared for, unpleasant to be in, and less likely to be used by the public

A poor and uncared for environment leads to more dumping, other illegal activities and antisocial behaviour. This, in turn, can lead to reduced community pride and property values.

Illegal dumping costs Queensland communities millions of dollars each year in waste management and clean-up expenses. Illegal dumping of items containing chemicals or asbestos can directly cause harm or injury to humans and wildlife, and major pollution.

Animals can also become entangled in dumped items leading to injury and death. Illegal dumping can also introduce pests and weeds into our natural areas, block waterways and roads, cause flooding (by blocked drains) and facilitate higher rates of erosion by smothering natural vegetation cover.

Alternatives to illegal dumping

Dispose of your domestic waste for free

Council has maintained FREE disposal at waste transfer stations for domestic waste up to 1m3.

Limited to one person per day.

Charges are only applied to commercial/industrial generated waste items or material.

Waste Disposal Charges

Dispose of your domestic green waste for free

All green waste received at our Waste Transfer Stations is then processed into mulch. Domestic disposal of green waste is FREE. Please take care to ensure that green waste is free from contaminants such as star pickets, plastics, wire etc. The mulch is generally available at Transfer Stations for collection. Receiving of mulch is FREE for domestic residents.

Domestic recycling is free too!

Council works together with local groups to recycle and/or prevent as many items as possible from unnecessarily ending up in landfill. There are facilities for recycling at each Waste Transfer Station. All domestic recycling is FREE except for tyres.

19 Recyclable Items

Tip Shop/Buy Back

Tip Shops are located at most Transfer Station sites, where reusable products can be dropped off free of charge. Reusable items are also available to purchase at a low cost.

Waste Transfer Stations