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gallery-image-small-1Every year several tonnes of litter get transported through our storm water system and eventually ending up on our beaches and in our waterways.  This can have concerning effects on reducing water quality and harming our environment. Rubbish isn’t the only concern that is ending up in our waterways; chemicals, toxins, oils and bacteria enter through stormwater systems and can be harmful to our wildlife.

Litter is the most visible pollutant to the environment, Clean Up Our Water, along with local councils and community groups, aim to reduce this visibility by removing rubbish from our clean up sites. We will create awareness and provide information to our communities on correct steps to reduce our waste and keep the rubbish out of our waterways. Our events page will keep you informed on the correct procedures on how to effectively dispose of waste such as; leftover paint, chemical products, car and cooking oil, garden waste, recyclables and rubbish.

The Victorian Government has been working to strengthen litter reduction in the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay with a Plan of Action that focus on four distinct priorities:

  • Clearer, more responsive management
  • Preventing pollution and reducing litter
  • Providing accessible information
  • Supporting community action

How you can make a personal difference?

  • Take your litter home if you are not near a rubbish bin.
  • Dispose extinguished cigarettes appropriately if not near a bin place in personal astray and take home
  • Do not sweep, hose or place litter, organics or chemicals near stormwater drainage.
  • Register to become a litter reporter  via EPA’s website, by downloading  a report litter app or via EPA’s Pollution Hotline (1300 EPA VIC).

How we can make a difference?

Sign up to become a member with Clean Up Our Water and together we will work towards a cleaner future.

Source: http://www.cleaneryarrabay.vic.gov.au/issues/litter