A Victorian first, the Let’s Strain the Drains project targeted upstream sources of pollutants by installing and monitoring 120 at-source litter traps in the stormwater infrastructure of six metropolitan councils around Port Phillip Bay. Being a significant transport pathway for pollutants, stormwater is a key piece of the marine debris puzzle as it acts as an outflow point for litter in urban runoff. Monitoring work took place from November 2019 to May 2020 and involved six community audit events where 94 volunteers helped to sort and count all captured litter items for inclusion in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database. Read more “Let’s Strain the Drains in Melbourne”
Over the weekend of March 20 – 22nd, families, individuals, schools and other community groups in the greater Port Phillip Bay area are invited to take part in the Port Phillip Bay Nurdle Hunt. Plastic resin pellets, known as nurdles, are an increasing problem in our marine environment, and we need your help to end nurdle pollution in our marine environment!
The Let’s Strain the Drains Project is a Victorian-first monitoring project of marine debris in Port Phillip Bay. This innovative project is funded by the Victorian State Government, delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Cleanwater Group and Sustainability Victoria with support from the Cities of Wyndham, Hobson’s Bay, Moreland, Kingston, Maribyrnong, and Greater Dandenong. Read more “Let’s Strain the Drains – Port Phillip Bay Region, VIC”
Great news! Single-use plastics will no longer be issued from Victoria’s Bayside Council’s Corporate Centre and libraries by the end of June this year.
Other Council-owned properties such as community centres and senior citizen centres will stop using single-use plastics by the end of June 2020 as Council commits to a future of zero single-use plastics.
This great initiative was proposed by Elizabeth Jensen President of Marine Care Ricketts Point who explained: “Beach Patrol volunteers spend countless hours cleaning rubbish from our beaches. By far the single biggest waste item we collect is plastics. Over 95% of rubbish on our beaches comes from the rivers and stormwater drains of Port Phillip Bay. This decision will help save our marine life and keep our beaches safe.” Read more “Zero Plastics by Mid-2020”