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Littering and illegal dumping

Every day across Queensland, our parks, streets, forests and waterways are subjected to pollution from litter and illegally dumped waste.

Plastic bags, cigarette butts, glass bottles, hazardous materials and other wastes are discarded thoughtlessly. These actions impact on our local communities, as well as the environment.

The Queensland Government's vision is to create a state free from litter and illegal dumping—driven by the adoption of best practice in waste management and education. We all have a role to play in to achieving this vision.

See it

Littering—Littering has serious environmental impacts and is a considerable resource and financial burden for governments, business and the community. Queensland is consistently one of the worst mainland states for number of littered items.1 

Junk mail—or unsolicited advertising material (UAM) is any advertising material that is not addressed by name to an owner or occupier of the premises. Junk mail delivered to premises or placed on vehicles is not classed as littering although it comes with its own management obligations for distribution and forms of compliance action.

Illegal dumping—Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of any type of domestic, commercial or industrial waste that is 200 litres or more in volume (about the volume of an average wheelie bin).

1Macgregor Tan Research prepared for Keep Australia Beautiful (July 2013) National Litter Index 2012/13.

Report it

How to report it—The department’s online littering and illegal dumping reporting system allows members of the public to report instances of littering and illegal dumping using a desktop computer, smart phone or tablet.

Penalty infringement notice—Have you received a penalty infringement notice and are not sure how to proceed? Find out more about what options are available to you.

Stop it

Litter and illegal dumping action plan—Litter and illegal dumping are the most visible indicators of pollution in our environment. Queensland’s Litter and Illegal Dumping Action Plan focuses on building programs and partnerships to tackle these issues.

Queensland's littering and illegal dumping laws—The Queensland Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 was introduced on 1 December 2011. The legislation contains provisions for the management and enforcement of litter and illegal dumping offences within the state.

Love Queensland, Let's keep it clean—Six south west councils have partnered with the Australian Packaging Covenant, Queensland Murray Darling Committee, and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to encourage road-users to help keep their local highways free from litter.

Be involved

Litter and illegal dumping community and industry partnerships program—The program will help community and industry stakeholders tackle litter and illegal dumping issues through activities that aim to change people’s behaviour. Each year, the program will support a small number of innovative projects that bring together the expertise and energy of a range of interested parties.

Grants and funding—Further information on other opportunities to engage the department in dealing with litter and illegal dumping, using innovative approaches.

Facts and figures

The collection, collation and reporting of information from state and local governments’ operations, will inform program development and allow long-term evidence-based decision-making in littering and illegal dumping prevention activities.

State of waste and recycling in Queensland report (PDF, 656K)*—Provides a snapshot of waste generation, resource recovery and waste disposal in Queensland on an annual basis. It draws on data provided by a range of organisations, including local governments and businesses in the waste management and resource recovery industry.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Go to the Frequently asked questions (FAQs) page.

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Report littering and illegal dumping online

online litter reporting

Last updated
25 August 2015