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There are lots of ways which we can avoid stormwater pollition at work. Often the hardest part is just recognising the things that lead to contamination of stormwater.

Look around your site for the following:

Cigarette Butts - A common litter item found in large quantaties on the ground around many work sites. The solution can be as simple as providing a bin to put butts in. It could even be an old coffee tin filled with sand.

Storage of Oils and Chemicals - Storage of liquids near drains is very risky. Spills and leaks of even the smallest quantities can easily find their way into the stormwater system. Store them in an appropriately covered area. Depending on the quantities held you might be required to store cetain items in a bunded area. Contact the EPA for more information.

Lids on Bins - Is the lid on your skip or hopper bin closed? Rubbish bins and containers can easily fill with water so that when they are emptied rubbish and dissolved chemicals can easily flow into drains. Also the wind can easily blow loose rubbish out of the bins. Often this litter will find its way into stormwater as well.

Waste Disposal - Are you using the right waste contractor? Certain types of waste require certain permits from the EPA. Is your contractor licesned to carry your waste? You can check a list of EPA licensed contractors on the EPA website.


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