Illegal Dumping – It’s unacceptable and your council is out to stop it.
What is illegal dumping?
Illegal dumping is the deliberate disposal of (waste) materials onto public or private land.
Your Council, in partnership with Zero Waste SA and KESAB environmental solutions, is on the watch for illegal dumping activity.
Illegal dumping is a serious offence
Illegal dumping is a criminal offence. On the spot fines of $315.00 apply, with a maximum penalty of $5000.00.
Dumping hard waste is also illegal
It is your responsibility to appropriately dispose of hard waste (large items) that cannot go in your regular kerbside waste collection.
These items can be taken to your local waste Transfer Station/Resource Recovery Centre.
Why is illegal dumping a problem in our community?
- Rising costs – to council and you! Continuous clearing of illegally dumped waste creates significant costs for councils. These costs are generally incorporated into your rates.
- Environmental damage – Dumped materials can harm the local environment through damaging vegetation and leaching of hazardous materials into soil and waterways.
- Decreasing property and community value – Dump sites serve as magnets for additional dumping and other criminal activities. These areas become unattractive to the local community and property investors.
- Hazards and risks – Dumped waste can be dangerous to people, particularly when it includes sharp objects, asbestos and glass.
How can you help?
You can ensure illegal dumpers are caught and fined by contacting Council on 08 8832 0000 or calling into your closest Council office and reporting illegal dumping instances when they occur.
Council provides services for your waste and recycling, including Transfer Stations/Resource Recovery Centres. By ensuring that you know about these services and use them correctly, you are helping to protect your community and the Peninsula from the problems caused by illegally dumped waste.
Being an informed community member is a positive step towards helping reduce illegal dumping.
(Information provided in part by KESAB Environmental Solutions)