Love your waterways

Love your waterways
In the City of Canterbury Bankstown, we all have a role to play in protecting our waterways. In the City of Canterbury Bankstown, we all have a role to play in protecting our waterways. Rivers and Creeks; Environment
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Everyone has a role to play in keeping our rivers clean.

Council is working across various projects to monitor and improve river and catchment health including managing an extensive network of pollution control devices.

What can you do?

Whether it’s picking up after your dog, washing your car, gardening or putting your rubbish in the bin, there’s something we can all do to help reduce pollution in our local waterways and make them clean and safe for everyone to enjoy!

Reduce your rubbish

Dispose of your litter correctly and swap single-use plastics for reusable products.

  • When you’re out, place all litter in the bins provided or bring it home with you if they are full or if there are no bins.
  • Place wet wipes, nappies, tissues, ear buds and other hygiene products in a bin and never flush them down the toilet.
  • Separate your rubbish at home correctly so more waste is recycled.
  • Reduce your use of single-use plastics by choosing reusable food containers and cloth shopping bags.

Did you know: litter that is not disposed of correctly blocks pipes, pollutes our waterways and kills marine life.

Leave only paw prints

Pick up pet waste to stop bacteria and other bugs from entering our waterways.

  • Carry pet waste bags when walking your dog or use bag dispensers at local parks.
  • Place bagged pet waste in a bin or take it home with you if bins are full or there are no bins.

Did you know: pet waste contains harmful bacteria and parasites that spread diseases and cause serious illness in humans.

Wash it wisely 

Wash your car and household equipment the right way to prevent cleaning products from affecting water quality and marine life.

  • Where possible, wash your car, BBQ, outdoor furniture, and gardening equipment on the grass so that it soaks up the detergent, dirt and water.
  • Or use a commercial car wash or apartment washing bay that filters the water.
  • Clean paint brushes and other tools away from drains.
  • Use a low-phosphorus detergent, or detergent that contains phosphorous sparingly.

Did you know: some cleaning products contain toxic chemicals and microplastics that can build up in marine organisms, harming them and the animals that feed on them, including us.

Cover it up

Keep dirt, leaves and other garden waste away from stormwater drains.

  • Sweep or blow leaves and dirt from driveways and curbs back onto garden beds or place into a bin.
  • Use a catcher when you mow the lawn.
  • Cover piles of dirt or mulch to stop it blowing or washing away.
  • Never dump garden waste into drains, creeks or bushland.

Did you know: grass clippings and garden waste that ends up in our waterways contributes to algal growth, depriving marine life of oxygen.

Keep it clear

Rain water is the only thing that should go down a stormwater drain.

  • Never pour, hose or wash paint, oil and other chemicals down a stormwater drain.
  • Store chemicals and pesticides safely in closed, labelled containers and drop off unused ones to a community recycling centre.
  • Avoid using pesticides and fertilisers before it rains.
  • Sweep or pick up any litter, building and garden waste so it doesn’t get blown or washed into the drain.
  • Report pollution incidents to your local council or the EPA’s 24/7 Environment Line on 131 555.
  • If you spot a sewerage leak in a public place call Sydney Water on 13 20 92.

Did you know: liquids and small particles that enter stormwater drains travel directly into creeks and rivers, which negatively impacts water quality.

 

Love Your Waterways Instagram photo competition

The Cooks River Alliance, Georges Riverkeeper and Parramatta River Catchment Group are running a #LoveYourWaterwaysSydney Instagram photo competition with $500 in prizes to be won.

To enter, post a photo of yourself performing one of the five ‘Love Your Waterways’ actions, such as collecting and disposing of litter correctly or washing your car the right way. Get creative with your friends and family to show us how you are helping to take care of your local waterways!

Remember to tell us where the photo was taken and add the hashtag #LoveYourWaterwaysSydney.

There are five prizes to be won. Winners can choose one $100 gift voucher from any of the following: community nursery, bookshop, car wash, pet store or eco-store.

The competition closes on 31 July 2021 and you can enter as many times as you like. Click on the link below to read the full competition T&Cs.
Please remember to be Covid-Safe at all times and follow public health guidelines.

Instagram Photo Competition – Terms and Conditions.