Illegal dumping

There is NO rubbish fairy

There is NO rubbish fairy!

Illegal dumping is the placement of rubbish ognto private or public land without appropriate authorisation. Dumped items vary from small bags of household rubbish, TVs and mattresses in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of materials in isolated areas, such as creeks or bushland.

Many people dump rubbish because they think it is cheaper than taking it to a waste management facility to dispose of it correctly. However, illegal dumping is a crime that can lead to a $5000 fine from council or up to $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Authority.

Report it!

Help stop illegal dumping in your area, by reporting any incidents by contacting our Community Safety team on (08) 8384 0666.

Alternatively, you can contact the Environmental Protection Authority on (08) 8204 2004 or

Don't dump

Did you know... illegal dumping

Always dispose of your waste in an appropriate way and be sure that when you accept waste or fill onto your property you know what you are getting and are sure that it is legal. The cost of cleaning up dumping on private land is the responsibility of the landowner.        


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What’s happening in Onkaparinga

Rubbish Revolution - there is NO Rubbish Fairy!

Our campaign’s target is to raise awareness of the issue of illegal dumping across our area and the implications of being caught. The campaign includes a range of local media sources including newspaper, social and truck media. We believe that this campaign will help to prevent cases of illegal dumping, promote awareness of the cost to the community as well as generate more community support for reporting cases of illegal dumping when spotted. We are working closely with our Community Safety team to identify and fine dumpers.

Environmental and social costs of illegal dumping

Illegal dumping poses a direct threat to the surrounding environment and to social health. Illegally dumped materials can be hazardous, for example:

  • asbestos and chemicals create a risk of soil and water contamination, fire and toxicity
  • dumping of weeds & garden waste can destroy local bushland by reducing biodiversity and hindering revegetation
  • dump sites attract rodents, insects and other vermin that pose health risks
  • dump sites attract further dumping and other criminal activities, such as graffiti and arson, which decrease community pride and further exacerbate the problem
  • illegally dumped items are also a lost resource that could otherwise be recycled, particularly organic material, fridges, car bodies and tyres.
Where can I dispose of my waste legally?

There are a number of options for legal disposal of excess waste and recyclable materials.


We offer or support a range of services to help you dispose of or recycle your unwanted items – find out more about our Household Clean Up services.

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Waste disposal and recycling are part of your operational costs. There are an increasing range of commercial services available in our area.  Why not start your fingers walking in the yellow pages with ‘waste management’ or ‘recycling services’ and search from there.

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What are the fines for illegal dumping?

Fines from council: $315 on the spot with maximum fines of up to $5000

Fines from the Environmental Protection Authority: up to $500,000 for individuals and up to $2 million for corporations

Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016

Litter and illegally dumped rubbish is a big problem within our city and there are some changes that have come into effect which we hope will help to address this problem.

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 came into effect as at 1 February 2017. This Act creates better tools for enforcement and the ability to deal with local issues more effectively. The Act substantially increases the penalties for individuals and businesses caught littering and illegally disposing of waste. However, success regulating this offence is more often than not, reliant on information we receive from witnesses.

Dob in a Litterer

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) SA has also launched the Dob in a Litterer program which enables residents and passers-by to report incidents of sighted illegal dumping via a mobile app, anything from a cigarette butt all the way up to larger more significant events. With the right information the EPA can then prosecute the offenders which will provide a significant deterrence for reoffending persons. In order to make this program successful we need as much community support as we can, so please keep an eye out for offenders dumping and be sure to report when you can.

For more information on the EPA’s new program and mobile app, please visit

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