Illawarra Shoalhaven

Regional Illegal Dumping (RID)

Regional Illegal Dumping (RID)
prevention program

Combatting illegal dumping continues to be a growing concern for the region.


ISJO, its member Councils and neighbouring Councils have been working with the NSW EPA to develop a new approach to combat illegal dumping across the 18,000 square kilometre area from Wollongong to Bega in the south and the Wingecarribee LGA on the Southern Highlands.

Litter and illegal dumping means tossing, tipping or depositing waste on land and in water, where it pollutes the environment and can harm human health.


Dumped materials range from a piece of litter and small bags of rubbish to larger scale dumping of hazardous waste such as asbestos and chemicals in isolated bushland areas. Cleaning up this waste is expensive.


Litter and illegal dumping are serious problems in NSW. By working together, we can:

  • Reduce the problem by keeping our bushland, parks and public spaces clean
  • Protect people and the environment from hazardous waste
  • Spread the message that littering and illegal dumping are wrong and offenders will be penalised.