About Kinross Forest
Kinross Forest is a fantastic spot for mountain biking, and has been featured in a number of
mountain bike tourism promotions for the region, and attracts riders from all over Australia. The forest is also a place for people to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.
What’s the problem?
The forest should be an enjoyable and safe place for sports and recreation. Unfortunately, Kinross Forest has become a notorious hotspot for illegal dumping in the Orange region.
Illegal dumping spoils Orange’s natural environment, destroys wildlife habitats, creates fire
hazards, and stops the rest of the community from walking, cycling, picnicking and spending time with their families and friends in Kinross.
Illegal dumping also has a financial impact, with local councils and community groups spending an increasing amount of money, time, effort and resources on cleaning up the forest.
What’s being done to solve the problem?
The Central West Off Road Bicycle Club (aka the Orange mountain biking club) successfully
applied for a grant under the NSW Government’s EPA Waste Less Recycle More program to
implement a collaborative community project to prevent illegal dumping from occurring in the
As part of this project, the Don’t Waste Our Forests campaign was developed in partnership with Forestry Corporation of NSW, Orange and Cabonne Councils, and forest users.
1) Lack of knowledge about what can be taken to the Resource Recovery Centre for free.
2) The relative ease of illegally dumping without being seen.
3) Lack of understanding of the impacts of dumping on the environment, wildlife and
community enjoyment of the forest.
4) Lack of awareness of the personal consequences of illegal dumping, for example receiving
a fine of up to $4,000.
The Don’t Waste Our Forests campaign seeks to address these drivers by implementing
activities that deter, educate and engage. Activities include:
• new signs at the entrance to Kinross Forest and the Orange Resource Recovery Centre
(RRC), as well as along the road leading out to the RRC and forest
• improved facilities and lighting at the main forest entrance
• events, social media and local advertising to increase awareness of the issue of illegal
dumping in the community
• targeted community education, such as a schools kit, to engage local teachers, students
Improving the community’s awareness, understanding and knowledge will help to keep Kinross
Forest, and other forests and locations throughout the region, free of rubbish.
How can you help to stop illegal dumping?
As a community leader, you can help prevent illegal dumping and promote the forest as a place for families, outdoor lovers, and sporting enthusiasts to enjoy. You can:
• Make sure people know that it is FREE to take many items to the RRC: household
recyclables, kitchen and garden waste, electronic e-waste, scrap steel including
whitegoods, batteries, sump oils, gas cylinders, and household hazardous waste.
• Tell people that they can save money at the RRC by separating waste streams; they will
only be charged for what is not recyclable.
• Report dumping to the EPA at ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au or call 131 555. On the spot fines
of up to $4,000 apply for illegal dumping.
• Contact the Campaign Manager for posters and merchandise to help you spread the
• Like Don’t Waste Our Forests on Facebook and share posts with your Facebook
• Follow Don’t Waste Our Forests on Instagram.
• Participate in RRC Open Days.
• Enjoy the forest!
For more information about how you can be involved, contact the Campaign Manager, Mel
Butcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.