Litter & Illegal Dumping

Clean Up Australia DayHelp Rub out Rubbish in Townsville this Clean Up Australia Day.

Join the council team and make Walter Nesbit Park in Pallarenda sparkle again on Sunday 4 March at 8am – 10am.

There will be information stalls on hand to answer any questions and provide you with some helpful hints as well as a FREE sausage sizzle after the clean up is done.

Remember to bring gloves and water bottle, plus don't forget to wear a sun safe shirt, hat and closed-in shoes.

If you can't make this event, register your own event or search others in your area at or call 1800 CUA DAY.

Townsville City Council is cracking down on litter and illegal dumping.

Illegal dumping and littering are major issues in Townsville costing our community hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean up hours and infrastructure.

Illegal dumping

Dumping creates a number of problems for our local area, specifically it:

  • Contributes to pollution
  • Presents an eyesore and negatively affects community pride
  • Encourages further dumping, littering and illegal activity
  • Creates a fire hazard
  • Attracts weeds, pests and feral animals
  • Costs Council and the community money

Council is currently campaigning against illegal dumping which alone cost ratepayers over $50,000 in clean up over 2013 / 2014. We are raising community awareness through our Dob in a Dumper campaign and seriously cracking down on offenders by rotating surveillance cameras in dumping hot spots and issuing heavy fines.

You can help us save our streets, parks and reserves. If you see someone illegally dumping from a vehicle your can report the incident to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP).


Littering tends to build up on roads leading in and out of the city, near shopping centres, public walkways and streets near schools during term time. In the last calendar year Townsville City Council collected 162.99t of litter - over 30t more than that the previous year.

Council is serious about the amount of litter across Townsville and will be enforcing fines against those who litter in our community.

You can help us save our streets, parks and reserves. If you see someone littering from a vehicle you can report the incident details to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP).

Further information and fact sheets

Download our factsheets about littering and illegal dumping:

If you would like further information about litter and illegal dumping please visit the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website.

For information about council's waste collection and landfill services please contact council's Customer Service Centre or council's Waste and Recycling page.