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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has more than 75 Pollution Control Devices (PCDs) which allow us to protect our local waterways. Each device is effective for different types of pollutants and all devices are cleaned and maintained on a needs basis for optimum efficiency. We also have an Officer that investigates and coordinates the response to urgent pollution incidents such as oil and chemical spills.
Canterbury-Bankstown has partnered with Sydney Water to reduce floating litter on the Cooks River. Three litter boom and traps have been installed at Croydon Park, Boat Harbour in Hurlstone Park and another at Fifth Avenue, Campsie. The traps capture floating litter, which is directed into the trap by the boom and assisted by the outgoing tide.
Boom & Trap
The litter boom and trap have been installed to capture floating litter, which has been blown or washed from discarded rubbish from our streets and riverside parks. The boom has a floating trap, which provides ease of access for maintenance and regular cleaning. The boom is made of polyethylene, have submerged skirts protruding into the water that deflect floating debris into the collection chamber with the outgoing tide. The one way gate at the opening of the collection prevents the escape of trapped debris. The trap is inspected and serviced weekly to remove the litter.
The booms can capture as much 15 – 18 cubic meters of litter per week. In one year the Boat Harbour boom has removed 435 cubic meters of litter from the Cooks River. This is equal to 1,812 large wheelie bins. On average 85% is leaf litter and the remaining 15% is plastics and other rubbish.
The litter booms are emptied on a weekly basis and takes approximately 3 hours to empty. If you notice anything that may be broken or jammed in the traps please let council know on 9707 9000 or email:
Please help to keep the Cooks River clean by taking your rubbish home with you or putting it in the bin.
Benefits of the Project
This is an initiative of City of Canterbury Bankstown and
For more information, contact our Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000.