Illegal dumpers caught and fined


A Eumundi resident has been fined $2135 and was issued a compliance notice to clean up waste they had illegally dumped in a nature reserve following an investigation by Sunshine Coast Council’s Illegal Dumping Officers.

Service Excellence Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said illegal dumping was taken very seriously and carried significant penalties.

“It was shocking to hear that this resident had gained vehicle access to a restricted track in the nature reserve and then dumped approximately 800 litres of household waste down an embankment,” Cr Dickson said.

“This waste could have been disposed of correctly and simply through council’s household bin collection, so it really was a senseless act.

“The dumped waste contained dangerous plastics and emitted a foul odour that had begun to attract wildlife scavengers which tore bags open, spreading the harmful plastics, risking their health and causing further environmental contamination.

“In this instance, the responsible person has returned to the site and removed the illegally dumped waste as per the compliance notice.”

There are many items that can be recycled or disposed of for free at council’s resource recovery centres including whitegoods, scrap metal, motor vehicle oil, domestic pesticides and chemicals, car batteries, gas bottles, mobile phones and much more.

To view the full list of items that can be recycled or disposed of for free at council’s resource recovery centres visit council’s website -

The maximum penalty for illegally dumping more than 200L but less than 2500L is $53,380, as per the Queensland Government Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.

To report illegal dumping in the Sunshine Coast area, visit, email the location and type of waste to or phone 5475 7272.

The Local Government Illegal Dumping Program is a partnership with the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science.

Before and after images of the site where the waste was illegally dumped (3)

Community Environment Law & Safety Sunshine Coast Council

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Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
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