Clean up Australia Day is something that happens every year. The general public are encouraged to particpate in the event as well as schools and businesses. The event allows for people to volunteer time to cleaning up their local neighbourhood and getting rid of rubbish. We think that this is a great initiative, however, a lot more can be done by everyone.

Clean up Australia also encourages people to clean up everyday. other programs are also in place such as: Clean Up The World (focusing on keeping the globe need and tidy) and Clean Up Dumping (looking at cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish).  We think that both of these initiatives are great. For more information about how to get involved with Clean Up Australia please visit: .


Also for some inspiration get your work, neighbours and friends involved in a clean up. Check out these happy chaps below you could be just like them!

What are some alternatives to illegally dumping rubbish?

If you have items in your home ( kitchen appliances, furniture, clothes etc….) that you wish to get rid of there are many alternatives as opposed to illegally dumping them. Here are some ideas and helpful hints that may even gain you some extra cash:

1. You can your local council to check when they are conducting rubbish collections in your community. This will allow you to get rid of large items that are of no use to you anymore. However, make sure you don’t put out all your items too far in advance because otherwise the front of your house will look like a tip. It is to start putting items out 1-2 days beforehand and your neighbours might even pick a few things up before the council does.

2. Put up signs around your local neighbourhood and advertise a garage sale at your house. This is a particularly good opportunity to make a bit of extra cash and also mingle with all your friendly neighbourhood folk and plus it could be lots of fun if you join forces with a few neighbours.

3. It is great to donate to your local charity stores as there are many people who are in need. However, don’t dump items that can’t be used. It is important to enquire before donating large items such as furniture as to whether or not it is useful or not. Our advice would be to call up beforehand or drop in and have a chat. Because after all we want to help out and not put a burden on the great workers and volunteers at these stores.

4. eBAY is also a fantastic place for selling bits and pieces and you can also get yourself some extra pocket money.


We hope that these help!

Art & Rubbish

On a much lighter note I think it is time to look at rubbish in a different context. A number of artists have started to use rubbish as an actual medium for their artmaking. Through artists utilising the resource of rubbish as a medium it clearly makes a comment on society and how the issue of illegally dumped rubbish and rubbish itself is not properly managed. Here are some artworks and artists that you may find interesting:

H A Schult’s artwork ‘trash people’ has been installed in a number of cities all around the globe. I uses rubbish to create an army of people. Perhaps this suggests societies consumption and relationship with these materials. Check out the images below:

Trash Art People

Tim Noble and Sue Webster also use rubbish as a medium for their artworks. The duo are based in England and collect rubbish off of the streets of London for their works which are made up of an abundance of rubbish and one really does question why there is so much. Below are some images of the artworks that also use the projection of shadows:

Projected Trash Art

A number of artists have also taken to the streets and used graffiti as a form of art to make their mark on already dumped rubbish. Check out the images below:

Graffiti Trash

Illegally dumping rubbish is NOT charitable!

A common place where rubbish is illegally dumped is outside of charity stores such as St Vincent De Paul and The Salvation Army. Many people think that by leaving their belongings in a heap outside these stores is generous and kind. However, much of the furniture, appliances and clothes that people dump are not re-usable or safe and therefore can’t be sold as second hand items.

Because of this charity stores spend a great deal of money (THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR) paying to dump the waste at landfill or a rubbish tip.

What can be done about this issue?

If you want to donate to your local charity store (especially large items such as furniture) then it is wise to go and check with them first and even go through your items with the store manager or a worker. As well as this charity stores can put fencing around their charity bins and stores to block off the premises. Signage can also be put up and if need be surveillance can be invested in to stop repeat offenders.




$$$ The Cost of Illegal Dumping $$$

The ILLEGAL dumping of rubbish actually wastes a great deal of money every year. Not only for the NSW Government and local councils, but the community at large. Ultimately, it is taxpayer’s money that is spent on the removal of this rubbish. For the most part this cost is unnecessary and money could be spent on other initiatives within local communities.

On average the NSW Government spends approximately $10million each year on the removal of landfill and illegally dumped rubbish. For bigger councils the costs of removing rubbish can cost up to $400 000 annually.

As well as this, the properties in the community decrease in price due to the unattractive nature of the neighbourhood and this costs people money and as a result affects their lifestyle.


Resources that help to prevent illegal dumping

Illegal dumping is something that is ongoing in NSW. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have come us with a number of uselful tips that can help communities and land owners prevent illegal dumping. Although, the issue is something that may never come to a complete end persistence is needed in order for change to occur. Land managers can invest in putting up fences to prevent dumping and warn off intruders, however, a lot of illegal dumping does take place on large blocks of land that are hard to monitor and block off completely. The suggestions made by the EPA include the following:

  • strong leadership and support from others such as cooperation from other authorities and the community
  • implementing a strategic approach that includes routine clean-up and site maintenance
  • monitoring and assessing the illegal dumping program to help gain support for future action
  • publicising clean up efforts as cooperative initiatives
  • sharing successes with others
All of the strategies mentioned above involve TEAMWORK. At Don’t Be A Dumper we recognise that communities need to stick together and stay strong on the issue of illegal dumping in order for success. For more information on what the EPA has outlined on this issue please visit Check out the happy teamwork below:

So why do people turn to illegal dumping?

Gippsland Regional Waste Management Group embarked on a project in 2005 to tackle illegal dumping by improving current education and infrastructure management strategies. Surveys were conducted and the results that were found explain why a lot of rubbish is illegally dumped. Of those surveyed the large majority were aware of the location of their local tip. However, the following reveals what many see as the main reasons for dumping rubbish illegally

  • 60% identified price as the major factor in dissatisfaction with rubbish tip / transfer station.
  • 22% identified the opening hours of the rubbish tip / transfer station to be an issue, e.g. “The hours are an issue. It’s only open for half a day. If you get there at 5 past 12, then too bad”, and “It’s hard for workers to get here during tip hours”.
  • 10% believed that more hard waste collections were needed.


The following table also helps to underpinn issues that facilitate the illegal dumping of rubbish:

why illegal dumping occurs






Why is the illegal dumping of rubbish bad for the community?

If rubbish was illegally dumped near your home how do you think you would feel? The answer is not good at all because no one wants to live amongst what seems like a rubbish tip.


It makes the community look very unattractive and this creates a lack of pride in the neighbourhood and can possibly decrease the value of property.

As well as this illegal dump sites can become extremely dangerous health wise for the community. The dumping of chemicals and hazardous materials can result in harm or illness. This being of particular worry for those in the community that are vulnerable like children and the elderly.

Other risks that illegal dumping sites facilitate are homes to unwanted quests in the community such as rats, snakes, spiders and breeding grounds for insects like mosquitoes, which, spread diseases.

All of these are reasons why the illegal dumping of rubbish needs to stop!



What are alternatives to illegally dumping rubbish?

Many Local Councils do offer services to assist in the collection of rubbish. However, it is true that many of these services are not widely advertised and are also not a key focus for many Councils. Don’t Be a Dumper would like to share the following video with you. This shows how dumping rubbish can spoil serene areas and the environment. As well as this it is an add about the services offered by Lake Macquarie Council. If more Councils were this enthusiastic about stopping rubbish being illegally dumped we would have a lot less trouble on our hands that’s for sure.


Where do people illegally dump rubbish?

According to the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation the illegal dumping of rubbish is: ” the dumping of large items of rubbish in public areas such as roadsides or illegal landfills – private land where waste is sumped without Council or EPA approvals.”

Locations where rubbish is often dumped include bushlands, roadways, abandoned housing, industrial facilities and areas where there are high density multi-story dwellings. When dumpers want to avoid paying a disposal fee they often dump rubbish in these locations in order to cut costs. It is important to consider that once an area begins have rubbish dumped there it will most likely attract additional dumping. This will lead to issues of much greater concern for the community at large.