Cleaning and maintenance industry

The cleaning and maintenance industry includes mowing contractors, garden construction and maintenance, arborists, landscape gardeners, and cleaning services that support and serve our commercial and residential well being. The practices and stewardship for correct disposal of waste generated and collected by this industry help keep our waterways healthy.

  • Know your legal responsibilities. Ensure your business practice or the company you use complies with the required environmental controls to mitigate stormwater pollution.
  • Avoid allowing soil, gravel waste materials and rubbish to wash off from properties. This hurts our lakes and waterways.  Blocked stormwater drains can lead to local flooding and damage to property.
  • Don’t sweep or blow leaves, cigarette butts, litter or lawn clippings down our drains – it is illegal and they are harmful to our waterways.
  • Don’t allow garden fertilisers, chemical or paints from maintenance activities to wash off properties into the street. Avoid fertiliser or pesticides use before, during or immediately after rainfall.
  • Sweep rather than hose down driveways and paths to avoid contaminated run-off  to the stormwater system. Place sweepings in the garden, green bin or compost.
  • Waste-water from cleaning operations must not be discharged to the stormwater system. Wash down water volumes should be minimised and directed to appropriate areas in the garden or lawn.
  • Direct water run-off to garden and lawn areas when landscaping to prevent any excess water leaving the block or garden.
  • Use a catcher when mowing lawns.
  • Collect leaves, grass clippings and other organic products and dispose of them in green bins or take them to a green waste recycling facility.  Do not rake or blow them into gutters and stormwater drains.
  • Put litter in its place. Pick up any litter on the block or in the street.
  • Cover your loads when transporting any materials to or off site.