A resident is angry at seeing his suburb treated like a dumping pit, a problem he said has grown steadily worse.
Concerned local Garry McGillivray said he left Wagga in 1986 and moved back in 2006.
"I go walking, or go down to the supermarket you see trash everywhere," he said.
"I think if one person does it, then it encourages others to do it, so it has just become the norm now.
"When people move into an unfurnished flat, they buy cheap furniture and then when they move somewhere else they just dump it and run."
Mr McGillivray said he feels "pissed off" at the lack of respect people show their suburbs.
"The volume of it now is incredible, and you see it spreading out around other streets," he said.
"We have had Struggle Street on our TV this week, and that did not portray Wagga in a good light, it all just gives us a bad name.
"We have these festivals, and we want people to come here, so it is not a good look."
Mr McGillivray questioned the system of the on-call hard waste collection, adding people might not make the call or know that it is the system currently in place.
What are the impacts of illegal dumping?
A council spokesperson said illegal dumping costs the city approximately $300,000 every year in cleanup and disposal costs, which ultimately impacts on other services.
"Illegally dumped waste not only looks unsightly but also poses a threat to people who may injure themselves when coming into contact with this waste," he said.
"Dumped rubbish also harms the environment through pollution and potential transfer of hazardous waste, such as asbestos and chemicals.
"The majority of reports of illegal dumping are related to waste left on the kerbside. Parks and reserves are also subject to issues of illegal dumping."
The spokesperson defended the on-call hard waste collection and said it was deemed a more user-friendly option for residents who could access the service at a time of year that was convenient to them rather than a date pre-determined by the council.
How is it enforced?
The spokesperson added that reports from the community assist with the management of illegal dumping, and if residents witness an incident, they should also note information that may help with identification.
"Council compliance officers will investigate a reported incident. Individuals may face fines between $4000 and $250,000," he said.
"A corporation can be fined between $8,000 and $1,000,000. Fines can increase further if the waste type is likely to cause harm to our environment and may even lead to a prison sentence."
What has the council done to tackle the problem?
The spokesperson said council has twice been successful in securing funds through the NSW EPA's 'Combating illegal dumping: clean up and prevention' program.
This sees more than $180,000 going towards community education, prevention initiatives, installation of infrastructure, free disposal days, surveillance programs and enforcement activity.
"The 'Don't Dump, it's Dumb' project delivered in 2018/19 targeted illegal kerbside dumping and trialled new techniques including signage deployed at reported incidents and nature strip beautification," he said.
"As a result, a 55 per cent reduction in the number of illegal kerbside dumping reports was achieved within the project area."
Residents can book a hard waste collection at yourwaste.com.au/hardwaste or by calling 5942 6150 during business hours.
Several wastes are accepted for free every day at Gregadoo Waste Management Centre including paint, cardboard, polystyrene, TVs and computers, car batteries, motor oil and cooking oil.
Reports from the community can be made at ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au or by calling the EPA Environment Line on 131 555.