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.

What should I do if I want to wash my roof?

Roof and gutter downpipes connect directly to roadside gutters, stormwater drains and into our natural ecosystems. This means that wastewater run-off from roof cleaning causes pollutants, like oxides, algae, paint flakes, concrete and sediment to enter natural ecosystems.

By taking some simple precautions when cleaning and restoring roofs, you protect our natural environment:

  • disconnect downpipes and redirect wastewater to the garden or a holding tank for disposal by a licensed liquid waste disposal contractor
  • if disconnecting downpipes is not feasible, block the downpipe when cleaning – feed the wastewater onto lawns or gardens
  • a hole may be drilled in the house gutter, downpipes blocked and water diverted to garden beds. You can plug the hole with a grommet when cleaning is finished
  • protect stormwater drains using sandbags or a portable bund (a barrier to contain water) in the roadside gutter:
    • remove captured wastewater using a vacuum or bilge pump to direct to lawns or gardens, making sure no wastewater flows into the stormwater drain
    • always keep a spill response kit handy, including a shovel, broom and rags, to clean-up residues
    • do not wash or hose remaining waste materials down the stormwater drain.

How do I report stormwater pollution?

To report stormwater pollution you can: