Combating Litter & Illegal Dumping Creatively on Cape York


This project seeks to engage the community about the problem of littering and illegal dumping through the medium of art, information and interactive advertising. Targeting and educating perpetrators of Littering and Illegal Dumping, community members, visitors and general public across Cape York Peninsula through environmental awareness, education, promotion and collaboration, by linking Our Environment, Arts & Culture.

A Project delivered by a collaborative partnership between Cape York Natural Resource Management and UMI ARTS instilling an awareness of the effects and creating a sense of responsibility of Littering and Illegal Dumping.

Litter and illegal dumping are the most visible indicators of pollution in our environment. The waste from littering and illegal dumping can be present in all environments and affects most aspects of life and society. It adversely influences economic productivity, reduces aesthetic values and diminishes environmental values (e.g. driving biodiversity losses).

The project targets the whole of Cape York Peninsula, specific events and activities will be delivered working with the Laura, Bamaga, Weipa, Mapoon, Cooktown, Lakeland communities.

Key Audiences

  • Travellers to Cape York – four wheel drivers, grey nomads, pig hunters, adventure tourists, recreational fishers, families
  • Locals travelling and undertaking recreational activities on Cape York – transient workers, local communities, schools, new residents.

This project is being delivered by a collaborative partnership between Cape York Natural Resource Management and UMI Arts with the goal of instilling awareness of the effects and creating a personal sense of responsbility within the community of littering and illegal dumping.

Cape Create – Transforming Trash LitterEd Environmental Arts project will create art works and sculptures using recycled rubbish in an educational awareness program designed for major events and schools in areas where illegal dumping or littering are particularly evident on Cape York. Once this Program is designed and implemented we envision that it can be rolled out in other regions.