Illegally dumped asbestos clean up program (IDACUP)

Aim of the program

The program is there to help avoid significant risk to the environment or public health in NSW by contributing funds towards the removal and management of illegally dumped asbestos and other hazardous orphan waste that has been placed or disposed of on premises unlawfully, when measures need to be taken immediately.

For incidents related to emergency pollution, please refer to the Emergency Pollution Clean Up Program.

How it works

State agencies, including the NSW EPA, emergency service organisations and local councils, may become involved in clean up activities of illegally dumped asbestos and other hazardous orphan waste. In many cases a responsible party is identified and will be in a position to fund clean up.

However, sometimes the responsible party is unknown, unavailable, unwilling (despite a legal obligation to do so) or unable to pay for clean up within the timeframe required to avoid or at least minimise harm to the environment or public health. Under these circumstances the organisation responsible for coordinating the clean up in the absence of the responsible party may apply for funding under the IDACUP.


The budget for this program is $0.5 million annually. Applications can be made at any time.


It is recommended that you read the Illegally Dumped Asbestos Clean Up Program Guidelines which explain the types of situations that are eligible for funding.

Further Information

Find out more about reporting pollution incidents on the OEH web page.

Environmental Trust
PO Box 644, PARRAMATTA 2124

Phone: (02) 8837 6093

Page last updated: 10 June 2016