Litter and illegal dumping management framework

Mrs Bianca Gray1

1Department of Environment and Science, Brisbane, Australia


The Litter and Illegal Dumping Management Framework (LIDMF) is a new initiative by the Queensland State Government. Queensland’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy was released on 1 July 2019. As part of this initiative, the need for a holistic, scientifically-based framework for litter and illegal dumping was identified.

The LIDMF aims to build a holistic understanding of litter and illegal dumping within Queensland to enable managers and stakeholders to identify the most appropriate intervention strategies. Working with scientists and key stakeholders, the LIDMF will provide information on sources, the process of waste moving throughout the environment and the many effects it has on values, ranging from health to economic impacts.

At the heart of the framework is an attribute-based classification scheme, which will provide a way for those involved in collecting data on litter and illegal dumping to ensure that the information is translatable and transferable across various priority needs. It allows data collection both as an item and its attributes; no matter how fragmented the item has become, all information can still be collected and used.

With a view to having state-wide information accessible to the community through the web, the LIDMF will compile a vast range of information on activities that lead to littering and illegal dumping. This comprehensive ‘source’ information will also be combined with information on how these materials break down in the environment.


Bianca Gray holds 23 years’ of service in the Queensland Government covering such areas as operational and project accounting, financial and legislative auditing, project management including large scale grant programs, policy and legislation development, regulatory compliance and behaviour change intervention activities. Bianca is currently the Manager for the Litter and Illegal Dumping Programs team in the Department of Environment and Science, where her core responsibilities have included: the design and delivery of the policies and programs relating to litter and illegal dumping plan for Queensland, establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders across local and state departments, NGO’s and communities; partnerships and project development, implementation and evaluation; strategic planning and monitoring; and providing high-level advice and direction to Committees and Working Groups.