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Using CCTV to Reduce Illegal dumping


Strathfield Local Government Area (LGA) has a growing illegal dumping problem. Illegal dumping is the depositing – dumping, tipping or otherwise – of waste larger than litter onto land or into water. Illegal dumping varies from small bags of rubbish in an urban environment to larger scale dumping of waste materials in isolated areas, such as bushland and industrial areas.

Within the Strathfield LGA these dumping incidents can be broken into two broad categories Residential Dumping and Industrial Dumping. The most common waste that is illegally dumped in Strathfield is household waste, which comprises 80%. Items commonly dumped are bulky household wastes which include household whitegoods (such as fridges and washing machines), furniture and mattresses. Industrial waste compromises 13% of dumping, types of waste dumped are construction and demolition materials (concrete and bricks), mulch and soil.

Reporting Illegal Dumping

All reports of illegally dumped rubbish will be investigated for identifiable features that may ascertain the owner/dumper of the material. Heavy fines apply for persons found dumping material on private or public land.

People illegally dumping materials on Council’s footways may be liable to penalties under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. These include on the spot fines of $1500 for the owner of the rubbish and the person who illegally dumped the material.

To report incidences of illegal dumping please phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999.

Reporting illegal dumping of asbestos

Council investigates complaints related to asbestos dumps on private land and public land.  Council has the power to investigate and serve notices for clean ups for asbestos dumped on private land.

If you suspect asbestos material has been dumped in your vicinity, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre and give details of the address. If you witness the incident please provide Council with the description of offender, time, location, and registration number of the vehicle.

You can report any concerns about dumped asbestos to Council on 9748 9999, email council@strathfield.nsw.gov.au or online customer request.