Illegal waste dumping by unscrupulous skip bin operators poses a serious risk to human health and the environment, and we need your help to stop it happening.
If you’re hiring a skip bin to get rid of household or renovation waste, it’s your responsibility to know where your waste is going.
Questions to ask when hiring a skip bin
Before you hire a skip bin, we encourage you to read online reviews and ask the business owner the following question:
- After my waste has been disposed of, can you provide proof/receipt of it going to a licensed/permitted facility?
Or enquire further with:
- What does your company do with my waste?
- Can you provide me with a report/receipt which shows where the material ends up?
- Are you a member of any waste or industry associations?
Responsible skip bin operators often have resource recovery or recycling facilities and can offer you evidence which proves they have disposed of your waste properly. If they don’t, look for an operator who does.
EPA can fine skip bin customers who do not show due diligence, so it’s important you take steps to find a legitimate operator.
How you can prevent illegal dumping
- Be wary of skip bin providers who offer very cheap quotes for waste removals.
- Report suspicious activities – such as unusual truck movements at night and commercial properties/warehouses collecting piles of waste.
- Report skip bin companies who are unable to satisfy questions about where your waste is going.
- Share your experiences with others via online reviews to raise awareness of illegitimate skip bin operators.
- Report illegally dumped waste by calling the 24-hour hotline 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).
EPA’s Illegal Waste Disposal Strikeforce Program is tackling the problem of illegal dumping at the source, in transit and during disposal or recycling.
How illegal dumping affects Victorians
Abandoned domestic and construction waste from skip bins is sometimes found dumped in national parks, farmland, industrial sites, warehouses.
This dumped waste poses a risk to the environment and nearby waterways, and the cleanup cost is often left to community, industry, local government or landholders.
Local councils spend around $30 million every year cleaning up illegally dumped domestic and construction waste.