Littering and Illegal Dumping

Littering and illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of any type of waste and is a concern within the Whitsunday Region. Cleaning up litter and illegal waste costs thousands of dollars of ratepayer’s money every year and damages the natural environment that we live in.  

We urge residents and tourists not to litter or illegally dump waste as it decreases the amenity of the region. Any domestic waste less than 2m2 can be disposed of free of charge at our waste facilities (view Waste Facilities page for list of facilities).  

We have several satellite stations that the community can access if they are not located near a landfill or transfer station. Only household waste and green waste are accepted at these satellite stations and if you dispose of an item that is not permitted at a satellite station it can be classed as illegal dumping.  

Waste not accepted at Satellite Stations:  

  • Commercial waste 
  • Steel, Timber or Building Materials 
  • Tyres 
  • Asbestos or any other regulated waste (contaminated soil etc) 
  • Furniture or Whitegoods 
  • Car Batteries 
  • Engine Oil 

If you are caught littering or illegally dumping (incl. at satellite stations) one of Council’s officers can issue you an on the spot fine or take further legal action depending on the volume and severity. Penalties for littering and illegal dumping can be found here.  

How to lodge your complaint

If you are lodging a complaint about littering or illegal dumping incident, you will need to provide information including: 

  • Time and date of incident 
  • Address or/and GPS co-ordinates 
  • Type and amount of waste 
  • Description of the alleged offender 
  • Vehicle description including colour, model, registration number. 
  • Photographic evidence 

Lodge your complaint with us on 1300 972 753 or as soon as possible and with the information requested above.