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Sources are the places where waste enters the environment. They occur across all sectors and regions of the state.

The extent of waste entering the environment varies significantly between land uses, with high density areas such as shopping centres generating greater amounts of waste than rural areas. Sources of waste pollution may be very close to the area where they impact the environment, or the waste may travel great distances using ‘pathways’[1].

Stormwater drain, provided by QLD Government

Quick facts

Suburban streets and shopping centres
and similar high-density areas are major sources of litter[1]

Click on the diagram above for additional information.


Some land uses have been identified as significant sources of waste pollution:

The landuse categories used are:

For the purposes of the (LIDMF), the location of sources of waste have been categorised and aligned to the existing land use mapping, Queensland Land Use Mapping Program (QLUMP).


  1. ^ a b Hardesty, BD, Lawson, TJ, van der Velde, T, Lansdell, M & Wilcox, C (2017), 'Estimating quantities and sources of marine debris at a continental scale', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. [online], vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 18-25. Available at:

Last updated: 11 January 2021

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2021) Sources, WetlandInfo website, accessed 1 February 2021. Available at:

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