Urban stormwater pollution

Stormwater systems channel rainwater into our local natural ecosystems like our rivers, creeks, wetlands and groundwater.

Stormwater pollution reduces the quality of water essential for maintaining our local wildlife and natural environment. Stormwater pollution can kill aquatic life and contaminate natural water

You can do your part to help protect our natural environment by following the steps listed below for some common types of stormwater pollution.

What should I do if I spill oil or my car leaks?

Place an absorbent material on the oil to soak it up. Absorbent materials used to soak up oil include:

  • commercial oil-absorbing products
  • hydrocarbon absorbent pads
  • peat moss
  • kitty litter.

Sprinkle loose materials like peat moss and kitty litter on top of the oil spill. Use enough loose material to soak up the oil, then swept up and dispose of the used loose material.

Any used absorbent material should be taken to a licensed waste disposal facility. Council’s waste facilities do not accept used absorbent materials.

You can take up to 25 litres of used motor oil from vehicle servicing or vehicle repairs to our Waste and Recycling facilities for free.  

What should I do with left over paint or household chemicals?

Logan residents can dispose of household chemicals free of charge on chemical drop-off days.

Residents and commercial customers can dispose of paint free of charge through the National Paintback Scheme.

To find out more information about paint and chemical disposal, see Paint and chemical disposal.

How do I report stormwater pollution?

To report stormwater pollution you can: