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Love Queensland. Let's keep it clean

The Queensland Government’s Love Queensland. Let’s keep it clean campaign aims to create awareness of major littering and illegal dumping sites around the state. It also encourages Queenslanders to take responsibility for their litter and waste.

Illegal dumping and littering are serious issues—they cause environmental harm, decrease visual amenity and aesthetic values and cost state and local governments, businesses and communities millions of dollars each year in clean-up expenses.

Littered items like balloons can also cause great harm to wildlife.

Illegal dumping in the Beerburrum Forest area

The Beerburrum Forest area, near the Glasshouse Mountains, is a great place for walking, horse riding and four-wheel-driving. The pine plantations are also worksites that provide jobs and valuable timber for commercial industries.

The department, local governments, HQPlantations and Crime Stoppers are working together to help stop illegal dumping in the area.

Dump sites are being investigated, offenders fined and the community engaged to support the campaign and help keep their environment clean by reporting incidences of illegal dumping.

You too can make a difference–encourage your mates to take waste to the tip and if you see dumped waste, report it.

You can report illegal dumping via the website, phone or mobile device, or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Illegal dumping fines start at over $1,800 for an individual and $5,800 for a corporation.

Littering on south west Queensland’s highways

A recent study identified that beverage containers, cigarettes, retail items and food-related products as the main littered items on south west Queensland’s highways?

Between 2014 and 2016, the department partnered with six councils—Balonne, Maranoa, Goondiwindi, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, and Western Downs — the Australian Packaging Covenant, and the Queensland Murray–Darling Committee to design and implement the Love Queensland. Let’s keep it clean campaign across main highways in south west Queensland.

Did you know that 90% of survey respondents said that it is very important for road users not to litter and that clean roadsides demonstrate a sense of local pride?

The results of the south west region roadside litter prevention pilot progam (PDF, 14M) is now available.

We are encouraging all road-users to Love Queensland and help keep our highways free from litter.

You can help stop roadside litter by:

  • keeping your waste inside the car until you can dispose of them appropriately in a bin
  • reporting littering from vehicles and vessels via the website, smart phone or mobile device, or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Remember you can make a difference–together we can keep our roads and highways clean.

Understanding kerbside dumping behaviour

Kerbside dumping appears to be a widespread cultural practice in many urban areas. It is the act of placing unwanted items on the kerbside outside of official kerbside collection dates. It is expected that these items can then be collected by passers-by or that council officers will retrieve and dispose of the items appropriately.

Many people are unware that this behaviour is illegal and can carry heavy fines.

The pollution caused by illegally dumped kerbside items was identified as a problem within the Brisbane City Council area which resulted in a partnership between the Council and the department to research kerbside dumping behaviours.

The Understanding Kerbside Dumping Behaviour study sought to understand why people dumped material on kerbsides, and inform the development of strategies to address these drivers. Other information that could inform potential programs was also gathered, such as best times to intervene, and how people best receive information about this issue.

The study focussed on the southern suburbs in Brisbane City Council’s boundary and included a short structured interview with residents of suburbs with high levels of kerbside dumping. Information gathered from these interviews identified that the most common reasons for kerbside dumping were:

  • it is a simple method that works – dumpers agreed that most items were quickly collected
  • sharing items with other people – with many dumpers also collecting off the kerb
  • believing that kerbside disposal was the correct method of disposal
  • mistakenly believing that the council collection was coming up
  • lack of storage
  • it is the easiest option
  • lack of transport to the tip
  • cost of entry to the tip
  • the need to dump when moving house
  • seeing dumping as recycling.

The results of the Understanding Kerbside Dumping Behaviour study (PDF, 897K) is now available.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Litter and Illegal Dumping Unit at .

Resources—illegal dumping


Last updated
19 December 2017