In the Garden

Do

Don’t

  • sweep the gutters and driveways regularly and place the sweepings on the garden, compost or in the bin
  • don’t hose dirt off hard surfaces (roads, paths, driveways) into gutters
  • prevent soil or mulch from being washed or blown off the garden
  • don’t  hose leaves and grass clippings into gutters
  • rake up leaves or lawn clippings and use them as mulch on the garden or place them in the compost
  • don’t  pile sand and soil on areas where it can wash into the stormwater system
  • grass or re-plant areas of disturbed soil
  • don’t  overuse chemicals (pesticides and herbicides) that could be washed into stormwater from the garden or yard
  • consider natural alternatives to pest control chemicals
  • don’t  use too much fertilizer

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In the Street

Do

Don’t

  • pick up litter in the park or on the street
  • don’t  drop packaging or cigarette butts on the ground
  • clean up pet droppings and dispose of them in the garden, rubbish bins, or in the toilet.
  • don’t  leave rubbish where bins are already full

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With the Car

Do

Don’t

  • maintain the car, making sure there are no leaks and that fuel is burnt ‘cleanly’ by keeping your car tuned
  • don’t  work on your car (including oil changing) in a place where oil and grease may wash into gutters
  • use the minimum amount of detergent for cleaning outside, and wash your car on the grass or on gravel. A better option is to take your car to a car wash, where the water is recycled.
  • don’t  wash the car in the street using detergent

Wash your car on the grass or on gravel

Renovating

Do

Don’t

  • wash brushes and rollers over a sand filter on the lawn
  • don’t  wash out cement mixers or barrows so that the waste flows into street drain
  • keep paint, tarps and solvents clear of gutters or drain
  • don’t  hose sand, gravel or cement into the gutter
  • reuse tarps once the paint has settled
  • don’t  leave piles of sand or gravel uncovered where it could wash or blow into the gutter
  • allow unused paint to dry out and then put it in the bin

 


Keep paint, turps and solvents clear of gutters