Illegal dumping of household rubbish, garden waste, building and commercial waste is a significant financial, environmental and social problem. Ballina Shire Council incurs significant costs for the investigation, collection, and disposal of illegally dumped material.
Illegal dumping causes chemical and physical pollution in our neighbourhood and waterways. Dumped greenwaste can spread pests, weeds and also create a fire hazard, while hazardous materials can pollute waterways. Runoff from dump sites may contaminate soil and water resources, and can degrade the land including natural habitats.
Ballina Shire Council together with North East Waste has launched a new campaign targeting illegal dumping on the North Coast. The campaign includes TV, newspaper and radio advertising to raise awareness of the costs to the community of illegal dumping and the launch of a dedicated website.
With over 100 reported cases of illegal dumping in Ballina Shire, Council is concerned with the rising costs of clean up and the environmental impacts of dumped waste.
The campaign highlights the heavy fines that illegal dumpers can face. On-the-spot fines of up to $1,500 for individuals and $5,000 for corporations apply to those caught dumping. Offences under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act can reach up to $250,000 and possible jail time.
To report incidences of illegal dumping you have observed in the Ballina Shire please go to the below link and enter as much detail as possible. Thank you for your time.