Litter and Illegal Dumping
The Lockyer Valley is a wonderful region, filled with breath-taking scenery and abundant natural resources. So, it comes as no surprise that a major factor in helping keep the region pristine is encouraging residents to dispose of their waste in the correct manner.
This means you should:
- Cover your load,
- Butt it out,
- Correctly use your household waste and recycle bins, and
- Dispose of your waste correctly at one of Council's Transfer Stations.
But what is?
- Littering: is the incorrect disposal of any type of waste material of an amount less than 200 litres in volume (approximately the size of a 240 litre wheelie bin). Common types of waste include, but is not limited to: cigarette butts, drink bottles and fast food packaging thrown out of a vehicle, material falling off a trailer because it was uncovered or poorly secured and grass clippings swept into a gutter.
- Illegal Dumping: is the unlawful deposit of waste over 200 litres in volume (greater than the approximate size of a 240 litre wheelie bin). In addition, waste over 2,500 litres in volume will attract higher penalties. Waste dumped illegally, commonly includes: bags of rubbish garden waste, building material, household goods, such as whitegoods, mattresses and furniture, abandoned cars and parts, tyres, and hazardous substances.
- Penalty Infringement Notice: Under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 a person can be fined for littering or illegal dumping, which includes from a vehicle, trailer or vessel. A Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) (or on-the-spot fine) may be issued when Council has sufficient evidence following an investigation of non-compliance of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.