Illegal dumping

Illegal dumping can cause harm to flora, fauna and humans from rust, rot, and toxic chemicals and materials leaching, breaking down then dispersing into natural and built environments.

It is unsightly in any environment and is a significant cost, with councils spending $2.9 million in 2007-2008 removing illegally dumped materials.

Illegal dumping is especially hard to tackle in rural settings with large areas to watch over, and where there are numerous isolated locations to dump waste.

This section should be read in conjunction with the Litter Prevention Program Kit, which provides an overview for all litter prevention programs.