Covert surveillance is being introduced in known illegal dumping
trouble spots around the Coffs Harbour area to help tackle the problem.
“Council receives regular complaints about illegal dumping from
residents, particularly in rural parts of the local government area, so we are
going to start using cameras to help crack down on the problem” said Robert
Percival, Council’s Group Leader Sustainable Places (Acting).
The majority of complaints relate to bulky goods being placed in
unauthorised collection locations, excessively large piles of rubbish and
unacceptable items being placed out for collection, such as dangerous goods.
Many complaints are also made regarding bulky goods being placed out
on road sides many weeks ahead of the designated collection date.
“Council’s Kerbside Bulky Goods collection is only available to
residential premises that pay an annual waste charge for the service,” added Mr
Percival. “Bulky goods waste can only be placed at the front of such properties
on the Sunday before the designated collection week for that area.
“Any other placement of bulky goods is considered illegal dumping,
which carries on-the-spot penalties under the Protection of Environment Operations
Act 1997 of up to $2000 for individuals and $4000 for corporations.”
Illegal dumping costs Council money to remove and dispose of the
rubbish. There are also costs involved in the investigations to find the
It is also hazardous to the community and environment as unacceptable
or dangerous goods are often dumped such as chemicals, gas bottles, food and soiled
clothing. In addition, piles of dumped rubbish result in unsightly litter.
Incidences of illegal
dumping can be reported by residents via the Environment Protection Authority’s
RID Online and the Hey Tosser campaign. Alternatively, people can contact Council’s Waste Services on 6648
Council adopted a Video
Surveillance on Public and Other Lands Policy in November 2015.