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Why we shouldn't

Litter has a range of effects on our community. Not only is it aesthetically unsightly but it can impact on our environment and our health. The information below shows how we can reduce our litter and its effects.

Litter and Water quality

The stormwater system is designed to take rainwater from our guttering and streets into the closest waterway. Any litter can be washed into the stormwater system and can end up on our beaches and in our rivers. Things you shouldn't put into the gutters include:

  • Grass clippings
  • Garden waste
  • Cigarette butts
  • Shopping bags
  • Drink and fast food containers
  • Paints
  • Oils
  • Pesticides
  • Detergents
  • Hazardous chemicals

These materials can block drains causing local flooding or pollute the water in streams and rivers affecting the health of the local flora and fauna.

Therefore, sweeping waste into the gutters, allowing run-off from car washing, cleaning paintbrushes or pouring chemicals and pesticides used on your garden should be avoided.

Littering of a different kind

Other forms of littering include:

  • Leaving dog poo on sidewalks and in public places
  • Throwing cigarette butts
  • Junk mail
  • Putting flyers on cars


Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 15:15