The following projects tackle identified issues of litter and illegal dumping in targeted problem areas across Queensland. Learnings from these projects are used to inform and improve campaigns aimed at changing littering and illegal-dumping behaviors, long-term.

You can request any of the materials discussed in the project reports (sign artwork, factsheets, posters etc.) by emailing

Illegal dumping in the Beerburrum Forest area

The Beerburrum Forest area, near the Glasshouse Mountains, is a great place for walking, horse riding and four-wheel-driving. The pine plantations are also worksites that provide jobs and valuable timber for commercial industries.

It is however, a hot-spot for illegal dumping. In partnership with local governments, HQPlantations and Crime Stoppers, a program was developed to investigate dump sites, trial interventions like signage and cameras, and engage the community to support the campaign and help keep their environment clean by reporting incidents of illegal dumping.

Littering on south west Queensland’s highways

Beverage containers, cigarettes and food-related products have been identified as the main littered items on south-west Queensland’s highways—hot-spot areas for littering.

In partnership with six surrounding councils—Balonne, Maranoa, Goondiwindi, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, and Western Downs — the Australian Packaging Covenant, and the Queensland Murray–Darling Committee the Love Queensland. Let’s keep it clean campaign was created to encourage all road-users to Love Queensland and help keep our highways free from litter.

Check out the results of the south west region roadside litter prevention pilot progam (PDF, 14MB).

Understanding kerbside dumping behaviour

Kerbside dumping appears to be a widespread cultural practice in many urban areas. It is the act of placing unwanted items on the kerbside outside of official kerbside collection dates. It is expected that these items can then be collected by passers-by or that council officers will retrieve and dispose of the items appropriately.

Many people are unware that this behaviour is illegal and can carry heavy fines.

The pollution caused by illegally dumped kerbside items was identified as a problem within the Brisbane City Council area particularly which lead to a study of kerbside dumping behaviours.

The Understanding Kerbside Dumping Behaviour study sought to understand why people dumped material on kerbsides, and inform the development of strategies to address these drivers. Other information that could inform potential programs was also gathered, such as best times to intervene, and how people best receive information about this issue.

The study focussed on the southern suburbs in Brisbane City Council’s boundary and included a short structured interview with residents of suburbs with high levels of kerbside dumping. Information gathered from these interviews identified that the most common reasons for kerbside dumping were:

  • it is a simple method that works – dumpers agreed that most items were quickly collected
  • sharing items with other people – with many dumpers also collecting off the kerb
  • believing that kerbside disposal was the correct method of disposal
  • mistakenly believing that the council collection was coming up
  • lack of storage
  • it is the easiest option
  • lack of transport to the tip
  • cost of entry to the tip
  • the need to dump when moving house
  • seeing dumping as recycling.

Check out the results of the Understanding Kerbside Dumping Behaviour study (PDF, 897KB).

Illegal dumping at charity bins

The amount of poor quality items and rubbish dumped at charity bins and outside of charity shops is a major issue in Queensland. Good quality items are also going to waste as they are left exposed to the weather, can be scavenged through or taken, and can become a danger to public safety. Cleaning this up costs charities thousands of dollars each year, on top of losses of saleable goods—reducing their capacity of to deliver important lifesaving services in the community.

In partnership with UnitingCare, NACRO and Brisbane City Council, research has been undertake on the attitudes and beliefs of donation behaviours and the impact of the dumping problem in Queensland: Does Your Donation Count or Cost? (PDF, 6.4MB)

Remember to place items inside a charity bin or donate instore. If your item is left next to a bin or outside a store it is considered littering or illegal dumping and fines apply.