Waste crime typically includes stockpiling and illegal storage, transport or use of hazardous waste in large amounts. It can include illegally:

  • dumping
  • transporting
  • burying
  • hiding
  • storing
  • abandoning waste materials.

Hazardous waste can be any waste that could be harmful to human health and the environment. This may include:

  • chemicals
  • asbestos
  • industrial cleaning products
  • industrial solvents
  • contaminated waste.

Waste crime is often fraud-based. Examples of this can include:

  • the misclassification of waste
  • misuse of waste transport certificates
  • acceptance of prescribed waste at unlicensed facilities
  • providing waste removal services and then subsequently illegally dumping waste
  • providing false or misleading information about waste at a licensed facility.

The state of waste crime in Victoria

Reviewed 20 December 2019