What is illegal dumping?
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.
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.
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.