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Litter and Illegal Dumping Community and Industry Partnerships program

Every Queenslander produces waste every day—and as our population grows, our waste generation increases. Unfortunately some of this ends up as litter or illegally dumped waste harming the environment and costing millions of dollars in rates and taxes each year to clean up.

The Litter and Illegal Dumping Community and Industry Partnerships program aims to help community and industry stakeholders tackle these issues through activities that change people’s behaviour.

The program supports a small number of innovative projects that bring together the expertise and energy of a range of interested parties.

Program status

Should further funding become available, information will be provided on this website. If you wish to be notified of future funding rounds, email the Litter and Illegal Dumping Unit at to be included on the distribution list.

If you are interested in past or future projects please contact the Litter and Illegal Dumping Unit.

What activities are eligible?

Projects and activities that will be considered for Litter and Illegal Dumping Partnerships include:

  • community engagement and awareness raising regarding the litter and illegal dumping provisions of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011
  • behaviour change campaigns to prevent litter and illegal dumping
  • research into, and evaluation of community engagement and behaviour change campaigns addressing litter and illegal dumping
  • use of citizen science, art and other innovative methods for the collection, analysis and synthesis of information to inform decision-making and to proactively engage the community about the effects of littering and illegal dumping on society, the environment and the economy.

Who can apply?

Environmental, community and volunteer groups, charitable organisations, research bodies, tertiary education institutions, industry representative bodies and companies are eligible to propose a partnership project for activities to be undertaken in Queensland.

Litter and Illegal Dumping Partnerships are not limited to Queensland entities, but partnership activities funded by the Queensland Government must be undertaken in Queensland.

How much funding can be sought?

Partnership proposals from a single eligible organisation may seek up to $50,000 (excluding GST).

Proposals from two or more eligible organisations may seek up to $100,000 (excluding GST).

Is there a form for submitting proposals?

Details of the application process, including guidelines and an application form, will be provided on this website should future funding rounds become available.

Current partnerships

Four projects totalling $290,000 were successful in the 2014-15 round:

  • Cape York NRM and UMI Arts will lead ‘Thoughtful Travelling’, an artistic partnership to promote reuse and recycling in the Cape
  • Healthy Waterways will address litter and illegal dumping in the industrial area next to Stable Swamp Creek
  • ‘Taking the Lead on Litter’ aims to prevent litter from entering the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Sandy Marine Park. It will be led by Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG), Bundaberg and Fraser Coast Regional Councils and Central Queensland University
  • UnitingCare Community led, in partnership with six Queensland NACRO charities and Brisbane City Council research on attitudes and beliefs of donation behaviours –its nature, scale and impact of the dumping problem in Queensland. The report is titled Does Your Donation Count or Cost? Understanding donating and dumping behaviours and their impacts for Queensland charities (PDF, 6.4M).

In 2013-14 four projects totalling $265,000 successfully secured funding:

  • Queensland Murray Darling Committee—$80,000 for work relating to the South West Queensland Roadside Litter Prevention Project, working collaboratively with six local councils in the region, see the Love Queensland, Let’s Keep it Clean page
  • The Garage Sale Trail—$90,000 over two years for the national initiative to raise the profile of alternative practices to illegal dumping
  • Crime Stoppers - $50,000 to perform community based social marketing engagement in key locations in and around the Beerburrum Forest area
  • The consortium of Healthy Waterways, Green Cross Australia and Keep Queensland Beautiful—$45,000 to review school-based education programs for waste with a focus on litter and illegal dumping.

Previous funding included:

  • Keep Queensland Beautiful—$50,000 for the development of the One Minute A Day mobile phone app
  • Garage Sale Trail—$30,000 to support the promotion of the Garage Sale Trail in Queensland aiming to reduce waste being illegally dumped or sent to landfill
  • Healthy Waterways—$30,000 to support a Regional Behaviour Change Campaign “Love your Reusable Water Bottle” to reduce the amount of litter ending up in South East Queensland waterways.
Last updated
19 August 2016