THE community has been urged to report illegal dumping, with rubbish continuing to be left in environmentally sensitive areas.
Kiama Council senior ranger Dennis Tracey said the problem was ongoing, with 121 incidents investigated from July 26 to December 3 last year.
Mr Tracey said dumps, like one left before Christmas near the Minnamurra River, presented a health hazard to those using public areas.
"You've got pristine water and kids having a great time in it, yet 30 seconds away you've got this - it's a complete contrast," he said.
Ranger Tom Ward said hot spots included near clothing bins, along Swamp Road and in public reserves and cemeteries.
The rangers said furniture, mattresses and old televisions were the main items left in the elements, with fuel and even asbestos sometimes dumped.
To report someone dumping rubbish, call the Dial a Dumper hotline on 4232 0545.
Information can be provided anonymously. Callers need to provide the time, date and location of the event, and a description of any vehicles involved, including number plate details, and any other information that could help identify the offender.
Mr Ward said it was a 24-7 service.
"A lot of people think after 4.30pm we've finished for the day, but we're on and we do handle any reports," he said.
Fines start at $60 for dropping a bottle on the ground, but Mr Ward said rangers had issued fines as high as $15,000 for large dumps.
Kiama Council general manager Michael Forsyth said the Southern Councils Group had received funding to combine resources across the seven member councils.
The co-ordinated effort would include consistency in signage, educational material and fines.
TechCollect will run on Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, 9am-3pm at the Minnamurra Recycling Depot for all e-waste items including televisions, computers and small appliances - the service will be free for all residents.