Illegal waste disposal is sometimes referred to as ‘illegal dumping’. Not all illegally disposed waste has been dumped.
Illegal waste disposal means deliberately dumping, tipping or burying waste on private or public land that’s not licensed to accept it.
It’s against the law to illegally dispose of waste. It causes pollution, impacts our health and threatens wildlife. It costs Victorians around $30 million a year.
Examples of waste that’s often disposed of illegally includes:
- TVs, appliances and electronic waste (e-waste)
- furniture and mattresses
- industrial waste
- construction and demolition materials
- garden waste and soil
- old cars
- tyre and chemical waste stockpiles.
You can report illegal waste disposal to EPA or your local council.
Report illegal waste disposal to EPA
Call our pollution hotline on 1300 372 842. We’re here 24 hours.
You can also report illegal waste disposal online, using the EPA Interaction Portal.
Report illegal waste disposal to your local council
You can report illegal waste disposal to your local council.
Our Officers for the Protection of the Local Environment (OPLEs) are based in some local councils across Victoria. They can help with illegal waste disposal reports.
What else EPA is doing about illegal waste disposal
Our Illegal Waste Disposal Program aims to stop people and businesses illegally disposing of waste.
We work with government, industry and the community to use intelligence and surveillance to target illegal operators. This includes using drones to investigate large-scale dumping across Victoria.
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Reviewed 11 November 2019