Turn over a new leaf this autumn

Autumn leaves

This autumn, please think of our waterways when raking your leaves. Leaves and grass are a major cause of poor water quality when they're swept into drains. They break down in our storm water system, releasing nutrients that can cause algal blooms and bad odours. Too many nutrients can also harm the animals and plants that depend on waterways.

Street sweepers will do extra sweeps in leafy suburbs this autumn, but won’t be able to catch everything. Residents are urged to help by keeping their leaves away from the gutters. Composting leaves is a great solution or you can take your leaves for free to the green waste centres at Corkhill Bros at Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre or West Belconnen’s Canberra Sand and Gravel.

For information on water quality initiatives visit environment.act.gov.au