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Litter innovation fund

The Victorian Litter Innovation Fund is now closed.

The Victorian Litter Innovation Fund (the Fund) provides support for the Victorian community, including government, business, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and schools, to fund innovative approaches that prevent and reduce the impact of litter and illegal dumping.

The objective of the program is to offer grants of up to $20,000 for innovative solutions to litter and illegal dumping that are delivered through a partnership approach. The Fund is a $700,000 package, with grants being offered over two rounds of $350,000 each. The package comprises two funding streams:

  • Innovative projects in the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay catchment
  • Innovative projects in any area in Victoria outside the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay catchment.

Funded organisations and projects

Round 1

The following organisations and projects have been approved to be funded under Round 1 of the Fund.

Organisation Name
Project partner name(s)
Project name Project summary Funding stream Grant amount
Applicant: Bass Coast Shire Council
Partners: Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GWRRG) and the waste contractors (Wonthaggi Recyclers and Ace Contacting).
No Need to Dump, Follow your waste to the transfer station Glow in the dark signage and waste transfer station tours Regional Victoria $8,500
Applicant: East Gippsland Shire Council
Partners: Local businesses
Other Council departments, including the Sustainability Department and the Communications Department.
Smart Takeaway Coffee Project Incentives for customers and businesses Regional Victoria $6,450
Applicant: Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Resort Management Board
Partners: Environmental Services and Marketing divisions of Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management; North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group (NEWRRG); Mt Stirling Volunteer Ski Patrol Inc.; 4SITE Australia; and Monash University.
Reducing litter at remote locations on Mt Stirling – pilot study. Waste kits for bushwalkers and skiers, innovative signage Regional Victoria $10,000
Applicant: Phillip Island Nature Park Board of Management Inc
Partners: Phillip Island Nature Parks' rangers, Wildlife Coast Cruises, South Coast Bus Lines and the Bass Coast Shire Council.
Turn the Tide Development and delivery of School Action Plans to prevent marine debris Regional Victoria $20,000
Applicant: San Remo Foreshor Committee of Management Incorporated
Partners: San Remo Fisherman's Co-operative
Pelican – reflecting on plastic usage and litter generation Face-to-face education and litter sculpture Regional Victoria $10,000
Applicant: South Gippsland Shire Council
Partners: South Gippsland Shire Council (SGSC); Country Fire Authority (CFA); South Gippsland Water (SGW)
Cigarette Butt Litter Education and Enforcement Project Face-to-face engagement, signage and enforcement Regional Victoria $14,000
Applicant: Strathbogie Shire Council
Partners: Goulburn Murray Water, Nagambie Action Group, Nagambie Men's Shed
Love Our Lake – Put Your Waste in the Right Place Bin and fish cleaning infrastructure and signage Regional Victoria $10,000
Applicants: Mitchell Shire Council
Partners: DELWP, other council departments (Operations, Parks and Environment, Youth Services, Communications, Community Compliance, Community Engagement All Stars – internal staff committee), Committees of Management and BEAM - a community environment group.
Litter: it's a waste of our time Stunts and visual representation of litter and its impacts Regional Victoria $5,000
Applicant: Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation Ltd
Partner: Life Saving Victoria
Bin Not Bay Marine Environment Litter Project Innovative bins and education Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $19,800
Applicant: Banyule City Council
Partners: Other council departments, Bell St Mall Traders Association, Melbourne Polytechnic, St Pius X School and the Darebin Creek Management Committee.
Bell St Mall Litter Prevention Culturally Different Project Engagement, education and infrastructure targeted to a retail area Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $20,000
Applicant: Bellarine Catchment Network
Partners: Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Management, COGG, Community corrective services and Green Army, Borough of Queenscliffe.
Caring for our bays – Be a Hero – Litter Awareness Innovative signage Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $20,000
Applicant: Brimbank City Council
Partners: Council Departments: City Compliance, Engineering, Environment, Operations and Media and Communications;
Brooklyn Industrial Precinct Strategy Committee, Brooklyn Business Network.
Innovate to abate: litter reduction in the City of Brimbank Surveillance infrastructure, stencilling and letterbox engagement Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $13,000
Applicant: City of Greater Dandenong
Partners: Monash City Council, City of Casey, Manningham Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Litter Enforcement Officer's network (LEOn), local Shopping centres, and design and development contractors.
#MSNOBUTTS campaign outfits Network development, mascot costume for face-to-face engagement and enforcement Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $19,000
Applicant: City of Maribyrnong (Environment, Waste, Parks/Gardens, Animal Management, Litter enforcement)
Partners: Friends of Maribyrnong Valley, Friends of Stony Creek and Friends of the History Gardens.
Don't mess with our parks Bins removal campaign Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $20,000
Applicant: City of Port Phillip
Partners: Port Phillip EcoCentre, Schools and Early Childhood Centres, including St Kilda Primary School, Albert Park Primary School, St Columba's, Elwood Primary School, St. Kilda and Balaclava Kindergarten, Community Groups Centres that host public events
Penguin Friendly Events: Zero Litter and Waste Event Kit and Positive interventions Development of a standard and kits for waste and litter-free events Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $9,850
Applicant: City of Whittlesea
Partners: Places Victoria, Aurora Community Association, real estate agents, local residents.
Mobile Pop Up Transfer Station (PUTS) – Tandem Trailer Mobile bulky waste collections Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $15,000
Applicant: Half Moon Bay Life Saving and Swimming Club Inc
Partners: Life Saving Victoria, Marine Care, Replas, Bron's Art Classes, Bayside City Council
Beach-art-waste and environment program Art project using litter collected on the beach Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $20,000
Applicant: Southern Cross Recycling Group Pty Ltd
Partner: Monash City Council
SMART Public Place Clothing Recycling Banks = Clean Streets and Waterways Testing communications and infrastructure interventions at clothing recycling banks Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $10,000
Applicant: Streamline Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd
Partners: Deep Blue Stock Images; Jarrod Boord Photography; Bellarine Catchment Network; Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Management
What Drains to the Bay Educational video Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $20,000
Applicant: Tangaroa Blue Foundation Ltd
Partners: City of Port Phillip, Wyndham City Council, Kingston City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, City of Melbourne, City of Greater Geelong and Bayside City Council.
Supporting partners: Parks Victoria, Port Phillip Eco Centre, Werribee River Association and Werribee Beach Patrol, Friends of Williamstown Wetlands, Beach Patrol (Sandringham, Love our Street, Ricketts Point, Scab Duty, Sea Shepherd and Friends of Westgate Park.
Working together to target the source of marine debris and litter Development and delivery of council Source Reduction Plans Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $19,790
Applicant: Wyndham City Council
Partners: Julia Gillard Library and Tarneit Community Centre, SKM Recycling and Four Seasons Pty. Ltd.
Don't Dump It, Recycle It. Pop-up bulky waste collection stations Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $20,000
Applicant: Yarra City Council
Partners: Melbourne Farmers Market, Collingwood Children’s Farm, CSIRO, Waterwatch and Fairfield Canoe Club.
Getting the litter out of our waterways, for good Pride of place engagement campaign Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $18,000
Round 2

The following organisations and projects have been approved to be funded under Round 2 of the Fund.

Organisation Name
Project partner name(s)
Project name Project summary Funding stream Grant amount
Applicant: Southern Cross Recycling Group Pty Ltd
Partners: City of Whittlesea, City of Maribyrnong
Mobile Community Resource Recovery Hubs Purpose built trailer providing a collection point for small household items and clothing. Yarra and Port Phillip Bay $10,000
Applicant: Gannawarra Shire Council
Partners: Murray River Group of Councils (MRGC) – Mildura RCC, Swan Hill RCC, Loddon Shire, Gannawarra Shire, Campaspe Shire and Moira Shire Councils, Parks Victoria, Goulburn Valley and Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Groups, Murray Regional Tourism Board.
Murray River Parks Litter Reduction Development of a technology tool to improve communication with visitors and development of physical signage at entrances to parks. Regional Victoria $20,000
Applicant: Warrnambool City Council
Partners: South West Fishcare, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network, Friends of the Merri Marine Sanctuary, MAD for the Merri, Plastic Free Alliance, Modern Dog Training Inc., Warrnambool Dog Training Inc., East Warrnambool Primary School, Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School, Brauer College, Warrnambool College.
Bag it, Bin it Targeting dog excrement in public open spaces in Warrnambool through infrastructure, enforcement, incentives, education. Regional Victoria $20,000
Applicant: Monash City Council
Partners: Monash University, WM Waste
CALD dumped rubbish? Not CALD at fault! The CALD Student Education Project is an education and illegally dumped waste reduction project. Yarra and Port Phillip Bay $14,500
Applicant: Wyndham City Council
Partners: Wolfdene Property Development Group, Point Cook Open Spaces, Beach Patrol
Building a cleaner Wyndham Liaison with developers, builders and tradespeople, using a pledge system, to tackle construction litter issue. Yarra and Port Phillip Bay $15,000
Applicant: Connectsus Pty Ltd
Partners: Boroondara, Nillumbik, Yarra City Councils
Binasys: Ultrasonic Bin Level Sensing Program The 'Binasys' project will install Ultrasonic Level Sensor (ULS) technology to provide a live demand profile of each public litter bin. Yarra and Port Phillip Bay $20,000
Applicant: Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Partners: EPA Victoria, VicRoads
Pick up or pay Installation of infrastructure at identified hotspots for surveillance, increase enforcement and behaviour change to reduce illegal dumping through community education campaigns. Regional Victoria $12,000
Applicant: Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group
Partners: VicRoads, Moorabool, Ballarat, Pyrenees, Ararat, Northern Grampians, Horsham, Hindmarsh and West Wimmera, Central Goldfields, Hepburn, Golden Plains and Yarriambiack, Driver Reviver
Be a Litter Superhero! – Roadside Litter Campaign Roadside litter campaign addressing litter from vehicles on major transport routes. Regional Victoria $20,000
Applicant:Northern Bay P-12 College
Partners: City of Greater Geelong, Corio Village, Rotary Geelong, Deakin University
NBCg Community Clean Up Illegal Dumping Project – awareness campaign, promote and coordinate collection of refuse. Regional Victoria $20,000
Applicant: Merri Creek Management Committee Inc.
Partners: Moreland City Council
Addressing Coburg's pollution hotspot: New Coburg wetlands mobilise litter message Target educational messages with the local community to address Coburg's four key litter issues: cigarette butts, illegal dumping, plastic, dog excrement to address local and downstream pollution impacts through guided walks, information, stormwater and catchment education and wetland sculpture. Yarra and Port Phillip Bay $20,000
Applicant: Bendigo Senior Secondary College
Partners: Conservation Volunteers, Parks Victoria
Keeping it clean – One person's rubbish is another person's rubbish This project will work in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Bendigo, Parks Victoria, the City of Greater Bendigo and local media outlets to clean up Whipstick Forest and bring education into the classroom and to the broader Bendigo Community, driven by students. Regional Victoria $5,000
Applicant: The Keep Australia Beautiful Council (VIC) Incorporated
Partners: Councils/WRRGs, Volunteers Victoria
Regional Victorian database of community litter projects Develop an online user friendly portal to include regional areas and community groups. Yarra and Port Phillip Bay $20,000

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Grants Support Representative

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au