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Queensland's Litter and Illegal Dumping Action Plan

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 by the thoughtless actions of people. On a larger scale, domestic and commercial waste is illegally dumped by the trailer and truck load. The clean-up and costs of these actions is left to other members of society and impacts significantly on our local communities and the environment.

The State Government’s vision is to create a Queensland free from litter and illegal dumping driven by the adoption of best practice in waste management in education. This agenda will be delivered through the Queensland’s Litter and Illegal Dumping Action Plan (PDF, 2.8M).

The Action Plan sets out a new framework that will guide the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s focus and actions over the coming years. As this is the first plan, much of the effort will go into building a solid foundation in raising the community’s awareness, the risk to offenders and the capacity of enforcement officers. An important feature is building knowledge through research and data collection, including establishing a baseline for measuring performance.

To achieve this vision the department will deliver its actions through five key interconnected program areas to address education, reactive and proactive compliance, data collection and analysis and capacity building.

Last reviewed
27 April 2016
Last updated
31 January 2014