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Why You Should Not Practice Illegal Dumping in Sydney

There are many ways to dispose of waste. One of the most common ways is picking up your rubbish and throwing it in a garbage can. You can also recycle the item you want to get rid of or even reuse it. In as much as such options are available, some people still dump waste illegally. This is completely wrong and here is why.

  • It is Against the Law

Australia has made huge steps in implementing laws that govern the disposal of waste. The fact that Sydney is a city in Australia means that these laws also apply here. One of these laws specifically prohibits the illegal dumping of waste. Failure to adhere to this law can result in severe consequences. 

According to the law, anyone found guilty of illegal dumping may pay a penalty of up to $500,000. If he or she is unable to raise the penalty fee, he/she serves a jail term of four years. The penalties are a bit more severe for a corporate body. If found guilty, the body is required to pay a penalty of up to $2,000,000.

  • Clogging of Drainage Systems

A lot of people fear the consequences that come with dumping waste illegally. That’s why you will find most of these people, doing it secretly. One of the most common places to dump waste without being noticed is the drainage systems. 

Once people dump waste there, the movement of water out of certain areas becomes a challenge. With time, clogged drainages lead to floods. This can then lead to the destruction of property, livestock and even loss of lives.

  • Health Hazard

Rubbish is naturally a place where a lot of bacteria exist. Therefore when rubbish is illegally dumped, Sydney residents are easily exposed to bacteria. If one gets into contact with them, he/she can easily get sick. This is because bacteria are the causative agents of diseases. Basically, illegal dumping puts people’s health at risk.

  • Air Pollution

Illegal dumping causes air pollution in so many different ways. One of the ways is when an item like a tire catches fire. The smoke and other gases released as a result of this combustion destroy the quality of air around it.  Sometimes, air pollution does not need fire for it to occur. For instance, when asbestos is illegally dumped, invisible fibres are released. Once these fibres are released, they suspend themselves in air. This then compromises the general cleanliness of the air.

  • Contamination of Drinking Water

Illegal dumping of waste is also known to contaminate drinking water. This happens, mostly when people dump waste in water collection or treatment facilities. When this happens, harmful substances make their way into drinking water. This is what contaminates the water making it unsafe for drinking.

  • Destruction of the Ozone Layer which could lead to skin cancers

When things that contain Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) are illegally dumped harmful sun rays reach us. This is how it happens. Let us take, for example, a refrigerator. One of the things that facilitates the functioning of your fridge is CFC. 

When the refrigerator is illegally dumped, CFC is released into the air. It is CFC that destroys the ozone layer. The ozone layer is the shield that protects us from the sun’s harmful UltraViolet (UV) rays. When this layer is destroyed, people may start having skin cancers. In some cases, people may get immune deficiency disorders and eye cataracts.

  • Makes an Area Look Unattractive

Another reason why you should not dump waste illegally in Sydney is it makes the area look ugly. This will make people reluctant to go to nor live in those areas. It may also make Sydney lose foreign revenue from tourists. This is because no tourist wants to visit a city that is dirty and full of rubbish.


Looking at the harsh effects of illegal dumping, nobody should even think of doing it. At this point, people should take it upon themselves to dispose of waste in the right way. If getting rid of waste properly seems a bit challenging for you can always hire Paul’s Rubbish Removal. 

We understand the law, abide by it and still deliver according to our client’s needs. Call us today on 0407 125 125.

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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