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4.3.5 Domestic campaigns

An important aspect of efforts to reduce nutrient inputs to water bodies is the modification of domestic behaviour. Public campaigns in Australia have encouraged people to:

  • wash vehicles on porous surfaces away from drains or gutters

  • reduce use of fertilizers on lawns and gardens

  • compost garden and food waste

  • use zero- or low-phosphorus detergents

  • wash only full loads in washing machines

  • collect and bury pet faeces.

These campaigns have combined local lobbying with national strategies to tackle pollution from other sources.