Illegal Dumping

The improper disposal of waste and hazardous materials not only impacts the natural beauty of our region but also poses significant threats to the health and well-being of our community, environment, and wildlife.

We have many ways and places to dispose of rubbish in the Gympie region. Please help keep the region looking its best by taking your rubbish to a waste management facility or putting it in your bin.

Council takes illegal dumping very seriously and has signage and CCTV at known hotspots around the region. If you see rubbish or notice someone dumping rubbish, please report it to council.

It’s not worth it

Locals and visitors agree it's not OK to use our community as a dumpsite! But a small number of people are spoiling our natural areas for everyone else.

Illegal dumping is a crime, you can be reported and fined.

  • Individuals caught dumping can be fined between $2476 - $61,920
  • Businesses caught dumping can be fined between $7710 - $309,600

What is illegal Dumping? 

Illegal dumping is the unlawful disposal of any type of waste material that is 200 litres or more in volume (about the volume of a wheelie bin). Illegal dumping can occur in a number of places including bushland, parks, roadsides, on the kirbside, on private property and outside charity shops. Common illegally dumped items include:

  • Household rubbish
  • Garden waste
  • Household goods (such as whitegoods, TVs, mattresses and furniture)
  • Building waste (construction and demolition materials)
  • Tyres
  • Chemical drums and paint tins
  • Asbestos.

Report Illegal Dumping

Call Council on 1300 307 800
Email us –
Use the 'Snap Send Solve' App

State Pollution hotline – 1300 130 372

    • Location of the material.
    • What the material is made up of.
    • When the dumping/littering happened (time and date if known).
    • Who dumped the material (if known).
    • Vehicle details (if a vehicle and details known).
    • Photographs of the materials (time and date stamped if possible).
    • Any other relevant details.
    • Whether you'd like us to contact you about the matter or not.
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