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I witnessed a littering or illegal dumping incident involving a vehicle/vessel

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Littering and Illegal Dumping Online Reporting System (LIDORS) allows members of the public who have witnessed a littering or illegal dumping incident, the opportunity to report it to the department. 

The department may issue a penalty infringement notice (fine) to the registered owner of a vehicle/vessel based on your report. Incidents are best reported using the litter and illegal dumping online reporting system (LIDORS) and only by witnesses that are willing to testify in court. Typically only a very small number of cases proceed to court.

In 2015 the department received and investigated 2741 reports from the public through the online reporting system.

Online reporting instructions

You can save the link to your smart phone or tablet as a shortcut – which looks like an app – making it easier to make a report and help stop littering and illegal dumping.

Please remember it is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving. The best way to record information is to utilise passengers and dash cams or safely pull over and take down the details of what you saw.

For your own safety, under no circumstances approach the person depositing the waste.

What information do I need to provide?

When reporting, it is important that you take down as many details as possible. This includes:

  • Time and date
  • Place and address or GPS co-ordinates
  • Vehicle/vessel registration number (only Queensland registrations are accepted)
  • Make and model of the vehicle/vessel
  • Colour of the vehicle/vessel
  • Distinguishing features of the vehicle/vessel (stickers, dented panels, modifications)
  • Description of the person (including location in the vehicle, clothing and gender)
  • Type of waste
  • Quantity of waste
  • Photos if available

Please remember it is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving. The best way to record information is to utilise passengers and dash cams or safely pull over and take down the details of what you saw.

Please do not disturb the site where the incident occurred as the site may contain hazardous materials and disturbance of the site can hinder evidence collection.

I found an illegal dump site and want to report it

If you find illegally dumped material you can report it to your local council office or to EHP online , or by emailing . If you are unable to access the electronic form, you can ask to have a reporting form mailed to you by contacting 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

The council or department will investigate and may issue a penalty infringement notice (fine) based on the investigation.

Please do not disturb the site where the incident occurred as the site may contain hazardous materials and disturbance of the site can hinder evidence collection.

Departmental officers will contact complainants to confirm the details and obtain a witness statement for the report. To enable this, ensure that full contact details have been included in the report. All witness details are treated confidentially.

Tips for reporting

  • Keep your notes where you have recorded the details, even if they are on a shopping docket.
  • When you get to your destination make further detailed notes about what you saw including as much information as you can remember about the person littering or illegal dumping, including what the person looked like.
  • Remember to include in your notes a detailed description of what the litter was and where it was discarded.
  • You may like to keep these notes in a diary. Remember you may be required to refer to them at a later date, should you be required to give evidence in Court about what you saw.
  • If you have the opportunity to take a photograph then this is very helpful.
  • Please remember, it is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving. The best way to record information is to utilise passengers and dash cams or safely pull over and take down the details of what you saw. 
  • Only take photographs if it is safe to do so. For your own safety, under no circumstances approach the person depositing the waste.

Can I make an anonymous report?

The online reporting system requires that the complaint is received from the witness and that the witness is prepared to give witness testimony in court. An anonymous report cannot be accepted in relation to littering from a vehicle or vessel.

If you find waste that you believe is illegally deposited you can report this anonymously but it should be noted that an anonymous report can reduce the level of action that can be taken by EHP. You can contact a Litter and Illegal Dumping Unit officer on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or email illegaldumping@ehp.qld.gov.au.

Malicious and vexatious reports

To minimise the risk of malicious or vexatious reporting, correct and detailed information must be provided by the witness on the report, which is thoroughly assessed before a PIN is issued. The witness or reporter must also commit to attend court if necessary and provide evidence if required.

Residential kerbside illegal dumping

It is illegal to leave anything on your foot path unless your local council is currently undertaking a kerbside collection in your area.

Last updated
19 August 2016