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Monitoring

Monitoring and surveillance can be effective tools to address litter and dumped waste in hotspot areas. They include the use of cameras and drones (specific legislation applies to both), sensors, and surveys and compliance projects.

Monitoring and surveillance can involve the wider community. Queenslanders are encouraged to report littering and illegal dumping incidences using the Litter and Illegal Dumping Online Reporting System (LIDORS).

Reporting litter Photo by Queensland Government

Quick facts

Illegal Dumping Partnerships Program
provides councils with funding to monitor, act on and prevent illegal dumping activities.
Illegal Dumping Hotspot Grants Program
The provides councils with funding to prevent and reduce illegal dumping in hotspot areas.

Sensor technologies

Sensors can be placed in community rubbish bins, charity donation bins and other containers to alert managers that bins need emptying. This prevents waste from escaping onto streets and streamlines collection times.

Sources Pathways Sinks Effects
  • Air
  • Mechanical
  • Marine and intertidal
  • Freshwater
  • Land
  • Biota
  • Cultural impacts
  • Economic impacts
  • Impacts on human health
  • Impacts on wildlife
  • Surveillance cameras

    Surveillance cameras can assist in preventing litter and illegal dumping, with a range of cameras available for covert and overt surveillance. Note: specific legislation applies to the use of cameras, including privacy requirements.

    Sources Pathways Sinks Effects
  • Air
  • Biological
  • Mechanical
  • Water
  • Marine and intertidal
  • Freshwater
  • Land
  • Biota
  • Cultural impacts
  • Economic impacts
  • Impacts on human health
  • Impacts on wildlife
  • Surveys, projects and compliance operations

    The Queensland Government conducted projects in specific problem areas to identify littering and illegal dumping, and assess intervention measures. Findings from these projects are being used to improve anti-littering and anti-dumping campaigns.

    For further information visit Litter and Illegal Dumping pages or contact the Queensland Government on LIDPrograms♲des.qld.gov.au.


    Last updated: 10 May 2021

    This page should be cited as:

    Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2021) Monitoring, WetlandInfo website, accessed 30 August 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/pressures/litter-illegal-dumping/management-interventions/monitoring.html

    Queensland Government
    WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment and Science