Illegal dumping is a problem faced by most communities. The most commonly dumped items include building/demolition waste, excavated material, green waste and mixed household waste including TV’s computers, tyres and mattress.
The Regional Illegal Dumping prevention program has been working in the southern region since 2012, increasing the capacity of member Councils to investigate and prosecute illegal dumping incidents across the region. The program, coordinated by the Illawarra Joint Organisation of Councils and supplemented with funding by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, has strengthened the work of the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly Councils in combating illegal dumping.
The RID program is providing Councils with access to additional resources to investigate and clean up, undertake prevention measures at hotspots and identify offenders. Local signage and cameras have been installed, regular blitzes are being conducted and access is being blocked to a number of known.
Councils encourage residents to make use of the many services and facilities council offers to manage waste including kerbside collections, electronic waste and chemical collections, and local waste management facilities. ISJO and Councils are also calling on the community to report illegally dumped material and any suspicious activity involving the transport and dumping of waste. It’s simple and anonymous – visit www.ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au