The number of people paying a visit to the Whylandra Street Waste Facility has significantly increased in recent days, prompting Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) staff to issue an urgent plea to the community, to avoid the risk of spreading COVID-19, and avoid receiving a potential fine under emergency NSW pandemic laws. 

“A lot of people are finding themselves with much more time at home, but if you feel the urge to do that long overdue clean out, please think carefully before you roll up your sleeves and fill up your trailer and head to the tip,” says Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Manager Resource Recovery and Efficiency John Wisniewski.

Following the announcement under the NSW Government’s, Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020, that all residents must stay home unless they are attending work or education, shopping for food essentials, exercising or attending medical appointments, DRC is reminding residents that police may not consider a trip to the tip as ‘essential.’

These measures are enforceable by law, and anyone failing to comply faces a maximum penalty of six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $11,000.

In addition to police enforced fines, anyone who decides to dump their rubbish illegally instead of just hanging onto it until it’s safer to visit the tip could also be issued a fine for illegal dumping.

“Please sit tight and hang onto any unwanted items that can’t be correctly disposed of via your normal household waste, recycling or organic bin collection service. If waste is left on the kerb or dumped where it shouldn’t be, it’s illegal and you can be fined. Let’s work together to ‘Keep it safe’” he said.

“Find a suitable corner in the shed, garage or spare room to store your unwanted bits and pieces for responsible disposal when it's safe to do so. We don’t want you to be fined, and we’ll still be here when the pandemic ends,” he said.

Council wants to assure the community that that our services will continue operating, but that can only happen if staff are healthy and safe. If you see illegal dumping please report it at or by contacting council directly on (02) 6801 4000.

Photo caption: DRC staff and contractors sort through all your organic waste by hand. Please refrain from adding tissues to the green organics bin at this time.



Last Edited: 06 Apr 2020

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