Inner West Council

Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is the unlawful dumping of any rubbish in public places, such as streets, laneways, parks, footpaths and waterways.

Dumped rubbish is ugly and it detracts from the quality of our neighbourhood. It can also be a health and safety hazard and pollute the environment.

When people dump their rubbish instead of booking a free Council collection they are ruining the area for everyone and they are risking a $750 fine.

 What can I do with my unwanted items?

  • Place them in the correct residential garbage, recycling or garden organic bin.
  • Book a free Council unwanted goods collection for larger, bulkier items such as furniture, mattresses, garden prunings etc. Phone 9716 1800 to book. Conditions apply.
  • Take chemical waste to a free Chemical CleanOut event. Ring the Environment Line on 131 555 for dates and locations of upcoming events.
  • Donate quality items to local charity stores.
  • Call the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre Cooperative on 9568 6280 for advice on organisations that might want second hand goods.
  • Find a new home for your items by advertising them on Freecycle ( - the online sharing network. 

What do I do if someone has dumped in my street?

If illegal dumping has occured in your area please call Council on 9716 1800 to report the incident. This will ensure that investigation and clean up can commence immediately.

If you observe someone illegally dumping please take down the following information:

  • Date, time and location of incident
  • Description of vehicle and license plate number
  • Description of person(s) dumping
  • What items were being dumped
  • Your name and phone number (optional)

Report all incidents as soon as possible to Council on 9716 1800. 




Photo of illegal dump site

Photo 1. Illegal dumping in an Ashfield Laneway

Photo of illegally dumped television

Photo 2. Leaving one item on the footpath is still illegal dumping