Illegal dumpers warned they will face fines

Published on 22 January 2024

Tyres dumped illegally

Illegal dumpers are warned they will face fines for discarding rubbish on the sides of roads, in the City’s parks and any other public areas.

Last Thursday hundreds of tyres were dumped on the side of Staplyton Jacobs Well Road, Norwell.

“This is a disgraceful act at the best of times – but considering what our City has been dealing with over the past three weeks – it’s just disgusting,” Mayor Tom Tate said.

“Our City officers and volunteers have been working tirelessly in tough and hot conditions to clean up after the storm. Acts like this just adds to their already mammoth workload.

“Illegal dumpers are warned – this is not something we take lightly, and you will be fined.”

Tyres contain synthetic rubber and oil-based plastics, so are a significant fire risk if stockpiled. They are also a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Tyres can be recycled either through an accredited tyre dealer, with a local recycler or at City Waste and Recycling Centres.  Removal of tyres by commercial operators must be undertaken by licensed waste transporters to ensure they are disposed of appropriately.

“The City places mobile cameras in areas across the Gold Coast to deter and catch those who illegally dump,” Mayor Tate said.

“We urge anyone who sees anyone illegally dumping waste anywhere in the city to report it via the City app or the website.”

Fines for illegally dumping (values for 2023-24 financial year):


Fine for individuals

Fine for corporations

General littering (including from a vehicle less than 200L of waste)



Dangerous littering (including throwing glass object or lit cigarette from a vehicle)



Illegal dumping (less than 2500L of waste)



Illegal dumping (more than 2500L of waste)



To find your closest Waste and Recycling and the types of waste they accept click here.