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Litter and Illegal Dumping

Much of the waste that pollutes Queensland comes from litter and illegal dumping[1]. These cause great harm to our animals and ecosystems and can endanger human health. They make our public places less enjoyable and are very expensive to clean up. This website contains scientific information on litter and illegal dumping across all sectors and all parts of the state. It also outlines practical actions that land managers can take to reduce and manage waste pollution.

Which Queensland do you want?


Littering and illegal dumping occur in all regions and sectors of Queensland and affect all our communities. Managing this waste is the responsibility of the Queensland Government, local governments, businesses and major landowners, working with community groups, natural resource management (NRM) bodies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Actions you can take – practical ways to manage waste pollution

There are things we can all do to reduce the amount of waste pollution and its impacts. Many of these actions are simple and inexpensive.

These actions start by understanding how litter and illegally dumped waste is generated, how it moves through the environment and how it impacts us all:

Sources – where waste pollution enters the environment
Pathways – how waste pollution moves in the environment
Sinks – where waste pollution ends up
Effects on values – how waste pollution affects us and our environment

This website forms the Queensland Government’s Litter and Illegal Dumping Management Framework (LIDMF) and is part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to becoming a zero-waste society. The framework also supports the government’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (2019) and it's underlying actions, and is a headline action of The Keeping Queensland Clean: the Litter and Illegal Dumping Plan.

A total of 19,622 submissions were received regarding the ban on single-use plastic products (full consultation report).

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  1. ^ Sherrington, C (2016), Plastics in the Marine Environment. [online], Eunomia. Available at:

Last updated: 10 May 2021

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2021) Litter and Illegal Dumping, WetlandInfo website, accessed 18 March 2024. Available at:

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