Emergency Services, Council and VicRoads respond to, and clean up, spills on roads and road sides. 

These spills in the main originate from passing vehicles or sometimes after a car accident.

Below is a list of vehicle spills that happen regularly. The reason these spills are so common is either the unstable nature of the cargo, or the frequency with which they are transported around.

One of the main concerns is that the material can enter the drainage system which runs into the waterways. 

  • Sand

  • Dirt

  • Concrete

  • Diesel Fuel

  • Oil

  • Paint

  • Chemicals

Control measures

Over the years council has and continues to install Litter Baskets and Gross Pollutant Traps which contain the pollution and prevent it from entering rivers, creeks and the bay. 

Oil spills on the road can present hazards to drivers. These spills are cleaned by absorbing the oil with a coconut fibre or sand. When this material is placed on the roadway, drivers need to slow down and drive to the prevailing road and weather conditions.

Small spills that enter our waterways can be contained using long floatable pollutant socks and absorbent pads that are installed on drainage outlets after being notified of a spill.

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Page last updated: Tuesday, 20 March 2018