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Most Common Items Illegally Dumped in Sydney

Illegal dumping refers to disposing large items and rubbish quantities in areas you are not supposed to. These are areas such as illegal landfills, roadsides, car parks, roadsides and even private lands that are not approved by the EPA (Environment Protection Authority).

There are various reasons why we see many items illegally disposed of. Some do it intentionally to avoid disposal fees while others feel they have no time to call and wait for a rubbish removal service.

Illegal dumping in Sydney has major consequences; both financially and environmentally. It is important to address the problem and educate the public. We must stop these poor activities to ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations.

To be able to address this issue of illegal dumping, we will first need to identify the most common items that are dumped. Here is a comprehensive list of the top 10 items illegally thrown out in Sydney.

1. Mattresses

Mattress isolated on white background. Stack of orthopedic mattresses of different sizes.

As per the report from Mission Australia Mattress Recycling, mattresses tops the list of most common illegally disposed of items. To combat the issue, authorities and private sectors have built mattress recycling facilities across Sydney. Mission Australia gives new life to old mattresses by recycling and reusing old mattresses to make underlay carpet, animal beddings, kindling and more.

2. Tyres

Close up of red car tires with tread in a pile of used tires

Due to the high number of throwaway tyres, many landfill sites have been founded in Sydney to buy and recycle used tyres. Old tyres are not just useless they can be used to manufacture footwear, asphalt and cushion materials in playgrounds.

3. Clinical Waste

Anestethic dentist syringe and tools for teeth surgery

There is a large amount of medical waste being illegally dumped. Used in labs for immunising and treatment of animal and human diseases, they are usually disposed of illegally. Not only are they a hazard to the environment, but the needles and syringes are a potential hazard when stepped on by accident.

4. Electronic Waste


Some e-waste materials that electricians often replace at home during replacements. Electronic gadgets are also commonly found in institutions such as schools, hospitals and offices. Things such as phones, computers, CD/DVD players often become obsolete and replaced with better technology. Illegally throwing these items out is a major concern due to the radioactive metals and the potential harm it could have on our environment. Find out what the 7 Types of E-Waste are and their harm to the environment.

5. Household Paint

Closeup of house painting renovation

Old paint tins should be taken to the right recycling centre to avoid causing environmental degradation. Lead paint is considered hazardous waste and can be difficult to dispose of because it is normally not accepted at recycling centres.

6. Construction Waste

close-up of excavator bucket loading rocks, stones, earth and co

Materials such as bricks, tiles, metals and plastics are often found on a construction site after a construction or renovation. All these materials can be recycled and reused elsewhere on a different construction site.

7. Reusable Items

Plastic bottles of mineral water in hand of woman, concept of littering of environment

Some household waste can be recycled such as glass, and beverage bottles and others are often found illegally dumped on the streets. The New South Wales government has incentivised residents to ‘Return and Earn’ where they are given monetary rewards for recycling instead of illegally dumping.

8. Garden Waste

Trunk cutter, wood and timber slicing. Forester cutting logs

Although this one may seem harmless, a large amount of garden waste can often be seen illegally dumped in public areas. There are consequences as a result. It destroys animal habitats by introducing diseases and weeds and increasing bushfire risk.

9. White Goods

Old fridges freezers refrigerant at refuse dump skip recycle plant help environment

Some local councils offer white goods pick up while some will accept them for a fee when residents want to recycle them such as a refrigerator.

Paul’s Rubbish Removal is against illegal dumping due to its harm to our environment. We are constantly proactive about how we can recycle our rubbish by adopting the latest eco-friendly rubbish removal methods. We urge you to be cautious of the ecosystem and properly dispose of your garbage by getting us to remove it for you. Our local rubbish removal Sydney team will travel to your site anywhere in Sydney. Call Paul’s Rubbish Removal today for a free quote on 0407 125 125 and ask us about our services.

Check out this article if you are curious about Illegal Dumping and its Effects on the Environment.

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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