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Attribute-based Classification Scheme

The LIDMF is underpinned by an attribute-based classification scheme. This scientific approach describes items of waste by their physical and chemical components, making it easier to follow how they degrade and move through the environment. By combining physical attributes such as size and length with spatial attributes such as wind velocity, a better insight is gained into the pathways that move waste and the places that it impacts.

Quick facts

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011
provides the framework and provision for the management of, and penalties relating to, litter and illegal dumping in Queensland.

Understanding the basic components of waste allows accurate reporting of different materials, whether the original waste item remains intact or not, as well as their eventual effects on human health, wildlife and the environment. The attribute-based classification scheme also provides a scientific approach to recording and understanding of littered and illegally dumped waste.

In summary the scheme:

  • provides a common language for littered and illegally dumped waste
  • is consistent, measurable, transparent, repeatable and flexible
  • identifies knowledge gaps and provides data for further research
  • allows for the collection of data that can be adapted to different management requirements
  • provides a consistent, scientific platform for policy and planning decisions.

Last updated: 10 May 2021

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2021) Attribute-based Classification Scheme, WetlandInfo website, accessed 18 March 2024. Available at:

Queensland Government
WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment, Science and Innovation