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Clean-ups and illegal dumping soar during COVID

New South Wales councils are seeing extraordinary increases in kerbside clean-up bookings while members of the public are being asked to report illegal dumping in their communities.

This comes after the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) recorded a 34 per cent increase in illegal dumping last month compared to April 2019. This was reported to the RIDonline database used by NSW councils and government agencies to record and manage illegal dumping incidents.

NSW Minister for Environment Matt Kean, said illegally dumped waste can harm our health, pollute the environment and cost millions of dollars in taxpayer money each year to clean up.

“Most people do the right thing and book in a waste pick up service with their council or sell items in good condition through online forums, but some don’t,” Kean said.

“Leaving waste on the kerbside without contacting your council could be illegal dumping and cost thousands of dollars in fines.”

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) recorded a 34 per cent increase in illegal dumping last month compared to April 2019.

Reports to the RIDonline database which is used by NSW councils and government agencies to record and manage illegal dumping incidents of dumped household waste were up 42 per cent, green waste and mulch rose by 30 per cent.

The EPA has advised that residents book a waste collection with their local council or store unwanted goods safely until they can be disposed. COVID-19 is also putting stress on charity stores and volunteers.

Meanwhile Randwick Council spokesperson told Inside Waste that in April 2020, the council collected 513 tonnes of kerbside material as part of our free kerbside clean-up program. This is an increase of about 28% compared to the 400 tonnes collected in April 2019.