What fines apply to illegal dumping?

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) provides for a range of illegal dumping offence fines.

From 29 August 2014 the NSW Government introduced harsher penalties for illegal dumping:

  • Depositing waste not at a Lawful Facility has been increased to $2000 for individuals and $4000 for a corporation.
  • Most other waste dumping offences have increased from $750 and $1500 up to $4000 for individuals and $8000 for a corporation.
  • Waterway pollution fines have increased from $750 to $4000 for individuals and $8000 for a corporation.