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This waste pollution may result from:
Nature Conservation areas, including national parks, conservation areas and state forests, can be hotspots for littering and illegal dumping. Littering can originate from campers and day-users leaving rubbish behind or discarding fishing gear. Individuals and unscrupulous businesses sometimes illegally dump waste, like car bodies, tyres and green waste, in remote areas to avoid attending a waste transfer station or paying disposal fees.
Littering can also be dangerous where it causes, or is likely to cause, harm to a person, property or the environment, and tough penalties apply. This includes:
The Queensland Government conducted a community-based pilot project to address illegal dumping in the Beerburrum forest, approximately 300 km2 of exotic pine plantation, open eucalypt forest and rainforest, managed by HQPlantations Pty Ltd. A coordinated Clean Up Australia Day event with HQPlantations Pty Ltd collected 26 tonnes of waste. Data showed that most of the illegally dumped material was household waste, including furniture and general litter, followed by tyres and green waste.
Waste in the nature conservation sector moves through the environment via four pathways:
Last updated: 10 May 2021
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2021) Nature conservation, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 April 2023. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/pressures/litter-illegal-dumping/sources/nature-conservation/