Illegal dumping costs council, community and the environment

Illegal dumping is bad for the environment and bad for human health. People dump everything from chemical waste to asbestos on roadsides, properties and in bushland. This can harm the environment and often leach into waterways.

Council rangers and compliance staff as well as National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) officers are trained in the use of surveillance cameras, which target hotspots around the Northern Rivers. However, often the best way for us to catch illegal dumpers is when the public report it.

Lismore City Council spends in the excess of $100,000 per year cleaning up dumped waste from riverbanks, reserves, roadsides and parks.

Fines for non-hazardous waste offences are $2000 for individuals and $4000 for corporations. Hazardous waste including asbestos fines are $4000 for individuals and $8000 for corporations. Dumpers are required to clean up dumped materials or pay for the clean-up costs.

If you have information regarding illegal dumping please report it online via our Report Illegal Dumping Form or phone us on 1300 87 83 87.

Please don’t dump at op-shops!

People dumping unsaleable items at local charities is costing Council and local charities money and creating unnecessary work for volunteers.

We provide discounts for charities to dispose of waste, however, often people leave items at the op-shop depots or outside the stores that simply can’t be re-sold, causing everyone a headache.

The problem is causing local charities and ratepayers tens of thousands each year and we urge people to check what can be dropped at local op shops before taking items for donation.

Anything that can’t be re-sold by charities can be taken to the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre where it will be placed in the Revolve Shop, recycled or taken to landfill.

Please donate responsibly.