Street Cleaning


Public Bins

Council currently provides 286 litter bins situated in 56 different locations throughout the city for the general public to dispose of their litter and rubbish. Bins are located in areas to maximise their utilisation. Sites include the CBD, urban shopping precincts, retail outlets and milk bars, bus shelters, parks and sporting facilities. Bins in particularly busy areas such as Sturt Street, the Bridge Mall and Lake Wendouree are serviced on a daily basis. Other locations are serviced on regular schedules depending on their usage.

Council staff empty approximately 1320 street litter bins each week. This number increases over the summer months to cater for greater activity over this period.

Loose Litter Collection

Loose litter is a major burden on Councils resources. Each year Council staff and contractors collect approximately 700 x 50 litre bags of litter and spend an estimated 88,000 hours collecting loose litter.

Significant fines apply to littering offenders in accordance with Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) regulations. Councils local laws and compliance officers impose fines on behalf of Council, and the general public can also report offenders to the EPA.  More information can be obtained from the EPA website at

Mechanical Street-Cleaning

Mechanical sweepers are utilised to clean the Citys gutters (kerbs and channels), roadways and footpaths throughout the City. The gutters and footpaths within the CBD are swept on a daily basis.

Both the Bridge Mall and Central Square Shopping Centres are also maintained on a daily basis using a smaller machine specifically designed for this purpose. Urban shopping precincts such as Howitt Street and Albert Street are swept twice a weekly.

Primary city entrances are swept fortnightly, with secondary entrances serviced on a monthly basis. Residential streets with formed kerb and channel are swept four times a year.

In addition to the programs identified above, hot spots and industrial areas are targeted on a regular basis.

In all Council sweeps approximately 20,000km each year throughout the municipality.

Bluestone Gutter Maintenance

The City has over 100km of bluestone guttering which cannot be cleaned mechanically due to access problems. Trees, bollards, driveway crossovers and a variety of other obstacles make it impractical to operate machinery in these locations. Bluestone gutters are cleaned on a annual basis and as required depending on particular circumstances. Most bluestone gutters must be cleaned manually. The City of Ballarat utilises both Council and contractor staff to carry out this work.

Bluestone gutters are also sprayed on a seasonal basis to reduce weeds.