Illegal Dumping

Council may investigate reports of illegal dumping in public and private places. Council officers may attend the sites of illegal dumping and conduct investigations in an attempt to identify where the waste material originated from and who was responsible for dumping the waste.

The negative impact of dumping

Illegal dumpers are part of our community, they are regular people just like you, except, they dispose of their waste illegally. This irresponsible waste dumping creates a number of risks that may adversely effect the environment in which we live. These risks include:

  • Dangerous or unsafe play areas
  • Health problems
  • Environmental hazard
  • Poor visual amenity.

Under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, it is an offence to transport waste to or deposit waste in a place that can not lawfully be used as a waste facility and also an offence to cause or permit it to be transported or deposited. Penalties for this offence can be up to $250,000 for individuals and $1 million for corporations. On the spot penalty notices of up to $5000 can be issued by officers for lesser offences.

Dispose of your waste correctly

Council conducts free kerbside collections within the Newcastle Local Government Area twice per year for residents to legally dispose of any unwanted household bulk waste. Further information on this service can be found here.

Please play your part in protecting the environment in which we live by acting responsibly. Contact Council's Customer Enquiry Centre on 02 4974 2000 if you require any further information or if you have information on illegally dumped waste.