Rubber Crumb Loss from GBR Play Areas

Many play areas have soft fall surfaces made of recycled rubber tyres applied as small pieces of crumb (1-5 mm in size). The use of rubber crumb in playgrounds and synthetic sports fields has been around for over a decade, although there has been a recent increase in investment in this product to try and deal with the more than 48 million tyres reaching end of life every year in Australia.

Rubber crumb and the chemicals associated with these (e.g. metals, PAHs, tyre anti degradants), however, have been found in international studies to leach into waterways and cause harm to aquatic life. Limited information exists on the potential loss and impacts associated with local sites and with the Great Barrier Reef considered a sensitive ecosystem, a focus on this region was considered a priority.

As part of the ReefClean project, Tangaroa Blue Foundation and AUSMAP developed a source reduction plan to quantify the amount of rubber crumb escaping from playground surfaces, and work with councils to identify ways to reduce the loss of rubber crumb into the Great Barrier Reef.

The full report is available here.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is recruiting for our Board!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation seeks to inspire, catalyse and empower action to remove and prevent waste from entering the marine environment. We’re looking for a new member to join our dynamic board. Skills and experience in the areas of IT, risk management and governance in the not-for-profit sector are particularly needed.

Successful applicants will add to the balance, skills and experience of the existing board members. The board currently consists of six directors who meets monthly via Zoom. The board provides strategic guidance and oversight of the management of the organisation and legal responsibilities.

This is a volunteer position for a three-year term and suits someone passionate about making a positive difference.  If you’d like to find out more please email board chair Sioux Campbell.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation Ltd (TBF) is registered as a large charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

Nomination forms are available from and applications must be received by COB 8 October 2021.

WA Beach Clean-Up 2021 Launched!

Our annual west coast event is fast approaching and it’s shaping up to be another really successful campaign for Tangaroa Blue Foundation!! For those of you who missed the official WA Beach Clean-Up report for 2020, here is a snapshot of the key successes. We hope to increase our impact this year and keep building on these numbers. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this event so far and for your interest again this year.

Register your clean-up site here!

Check out the clean-up sites registered so far… can you fill in the gaps?

We have recently welcomed WA Regional Project Coordinator Casey Woodward to the team, who is based in the South West. Together with Dan Burns in Perth, they are working to increase the beaches and waterways covered and are both really looking forward to connecting to the communities that care for the wild shores of Western Australia over the 15th-18th October weekend.

Alongside our partner Keep Australia Beautiful WA, we are welcoming Custom builder Tallwood Constructions to our corporate donor base. Their generous contribution provides valuable funding to the WA Beach Clean-Up for 2021 and we are proud to be growing our capacity in Western Australia, with their help. We will share more about these partners throughout the campaign.

We are also getting together some incredible prizes to be offered up to volunteers across the state to thank you for your hard work and dedication to keeping our oceans and waterways debris free!

If anyone has any questions or requires further information regarding this event, please feel free to reach out to

Melbourne strains the drains – again!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation has been successful in securing funding for Let’s Strain the Drains – Phase 2 through the Recycling Victoria Communities Fund, delivered by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government. The project will be delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation in partnership with Cleanwater Group and with support from the Cities of Melbourne, Wyndham, Hobsons Bay, Moreland, Kingston, Maribyrnong & Greater Dandenong, the Vicinity Centres and University of New South Wales.

Let’s Strain the Drain projects aim to close the gap in information around the specific land-based sources of plastic and other debris leaking into the environment. This is achieved by sorting & counting the debris caught in at-source litter traps installed in stormwater infrastructure using the Australian Marine Debris Initiative methodology.

Read more “Melbourne strains the drains – again!”

We’re Hiring!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation (TBF) is looking for a General Manager! If you’re an experienced business manager with a passion for protecting our marine environment we’d love to hear from you!

The Role:

TBF is offering an exciting opportunity for a skilled and motivated professional to join our leadership team in the role of General Manager.

This is a full-time role reporting to the CEO. As the General Manager you will play a key role in championing corporate growth, service delivery and implementing the business strategy.

TBF operates remotely so the role will require you to work from home.

Read more “We’re Hiring!”

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