Most litter that ends up in Port Phillip Bay comes from the catchments. Education is an integral tool for achieving long-term change in community behaviors and reducing litter in waterways and the Bay. The Litter Trackers program will be the first study of its kind in Victoria to deploy GPS-tracked litter at 20 sites within Port Phillip Bay catchments to demonstrate the life of litter once it leaves a person's hand and reaches our waterways. This project will provide educational tools that can be used in schools, councils and by government.
Project timeline: 2018 - 2019
Key contributors: Kavitha Chinathamby, Jacki Myers, Vincent Pettigrove
Find out more: Litter Trackers website
This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:
6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
6.b Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management