Litter Hotspots: Turn off the Tap - litter prevention & monitoring

Port Phillip EcoCentre

Turn Off the Tap - Catchment to Bay Litter Prevention and Monitoring project involved an extensive plastic litter data collection and monitoring program across multiple sites in the Yarra Bay catchment area. Port Phillip EcoCentre with its key partners: Beach Patrol Australia, Friends of Westgate Park, Upper Yarra Landcare, Yarra Riverkeeper, Tangaroa Blue and the Connies used their networks to undertake litter surveys, conduct school education activities and clean-up action at sites along the Bay, Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers and along smaller waterways within the catchment.

This project received the Clean Beach/Waterway - Community Project Award at the 2017 Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards.

Key achievements from this project included:

  • involving 2,224 participants at 227 events
  • a study into microplastics in the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay
  • collecting more than 127,600 cigarette butts
  • collecting more than 5,700kg of litter (including more than 26,821 foam items).



Last updated: 20/05/2020