Spills and illegal dumping

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

One of the reasons these spills are so common is because of the unstable nature of the cargo.  So make sure if you are transporting any of the below you secure the load especially when taking to landfill

Spills mostly originate from road users, accidents or illegal dumping.
The risks include damage to the environment by materials entering the waterways and/ or  creating a hazard for other road users.
Below is a list of vehicle spills that happen regularly.


sand   diesel fuel  chemicals  
 dirt  oil  
 concrete  paint  

Council installs devices in the stormwater network which contain the pollution and prevent it from entering rivers, creeks and the bay.  These intercept the water born pollution and prevent it from entering the waterways.

During and after
Oil spills on the road can present a serious hazard to road users.

Who to call-  reporting a spill

Road related spills                          – Vicpol  000
Park / playground or open drains     -  CoGG 5272 5272

What we do
Spills are cleaned by absorbing the oil with a coconut fibre or sand. drivers need to slow down and drive to the prevailing road and weather conditions. 

Small spills that enter our waterways can be prevented using long floatable absorbent pollution booms along with absorbent pads. These are installed on drainage outlets on drainage outlets after being notified of a spill. 

Websites links
Environmental Protection Authority

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Page last updated: Tuesday, 30 April 2019