Littering and Illegal Dumping

Littering and illegal dumping are major issues in Townsville and are the most visible indicators of pollution in our environment. The waste from litter and illegal dumping can be present in all environments from footpaths, roadsides, beaches, parklands, car parks, waterways, natural areas, vacant blocks and in isolated areas such as bushland reserves and national park.

Littering and illegal dumping affects the security, safety and environment of our city.

Report Littering or Illegal Dumping

Help us keep Townsville safe and beautiful by reporting to us via Snap Send Solve if you see litter or illegally dumped items.

Rory the stick man reporting some littering

If you witness a person littering or illegally dumping waste from a vehicle, trailer or vessel, you can report this to the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) by completing their Littering and Illegal Dumping Reporting Form. Take note of any information that may be of use for the report, including:

  • any identifying information such as a vehicle's registration number, make and colour
  • the time and date of the event
  • the location the event took place.

Littering and Illegal Dumping

Littered or illegally dumped items include:

  • material that is thoughtlessly dropped or left behind
  • material placed beside an overflowing bin
  • trailer loads that are poorly secured
  • material that is actively driven to an isolated location and dumped.

“Litter and illegal dumping are two very distinct activities, generally with different motivations, barriers, participants and locations. Both activities have a range of effects on our communities from unsightly aesthetics and clean-up costs, to detrimental impacts on our environment and human health. Their distinct characteristics mean that they require different approaches to their management and intervention.” - Keeping Queensland Clean: the Litter and Illegal Dumping Plan 2021.

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