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Urban residential sector waste may include:
Building and home renovations can lead to residents or contractors dumping building material, including asbestos. Information relating to the management and removal of asbestos can be found at www.asbestos.qld.gov.au.
Other items that create litter are cigarette butts littered on the ground and on the street, as well as the flushing of non-disposable items into the sewage system. Pharmaceuticals and personal care products are of particular concern, due to the thousands of tonnes entering the waterways from personal use.
One issue of concern in urban residential areas is the dumping of household waste onto kerbsides outside the timeframe for designated council kerbside collection. Although this is often done as a means of re-using household items by giving them to others instead of throwing them away, it is considered illegal dumping and may result in the person depositing the waste being fined.
Urban residential waste may move through the environment via four pathways:
Last updated: 10 May 2021
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2021) Urban residential, WetlandInfo website, accessed 2 February 2022. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/pressures/litter-illegal-dumping/sources/urban-residential/