Sustainability Victoria supports state and local government, land managers and other partners to address litter and illegal dumping issues.
We are responsible for:
The Victorian Litter Action Alliance was the peak body for litter management and prevention in Victoria. Established in 2000, the alliance provided a coordinated approach to preventing litter across state and local government, industry and community sectors. In 2019, it was formally amalgamated into Sustainability Victoria.
“Litter” includes any solid or liquid domestic or commercial waste, refuse, debris or rubbish and without limiting the generality of the above, includes any waste glass, metal, plastic, paper, fabric, wood, food, soil, sand, concrete or rocks, abandoned vehicles, abandoned vehicle parts and garden remnants and clippings, but does not include any gases, dust or smoke or any waste that is produced or emitted during, or as a result of, any of the normal operations of the mining, building or manufacturing industry or of any primary industry.
Environmental Protection Act (1970), section 4 (1) inserted by no. 37/2002 s.38(1)
The Act (1970) binds various government authorities to enforce litter prevention. The Act allows for litter authorities to issue on-the-spot penalties, prosecute offenders, investigate the identity of offenders and issue notices to clean up. To compliment these state regulations, many local governments have their own local laws and permit conditions in relation to litter and dumping.
Most common reasons for littering are “too lazy” (24%), “no ashtray” (23%) or “no bin” (21%). Some may be unaware, careless, seek convenience, or engage in premediated littering or illegal dumping.
The way people are littering can be described by the following:
Research in 2007 found that people living in clean places felt safer, used more leisure facilities in the area, had friends more likely to visit and had a better quality of life.
Conversely, people tended to feel more unsafe in littered areas. Littered areas tend to attract graffiti, bill posting, antisocial behaviour and crime.Littered areas send a signal that no one cares for the area and no one is in charge, leading to a series of increasingly disorderly and criminal acts.
A Litter Action Task Force is a vital part of a litter prevention program. Set one up yourself with this guide.
DumpInData is a free program for local councils, government agencies and other land managers to track and assess litter and illegal dumping in Victoria.
The Best Practice Guide is a best practice resource to assist the siting, operation, management and removal of clothing bins on both public and private land.
Illegal dumping can threaten wildlife and lead to long-term contamination of land, waterways and groundwater.
SV brought together representatives from government, business and community to prioritise three litter issues, then co-design interventions to address them.
The Litter Report Card will be used to inform future investment and provides an evidence base for future monitoring of Victoria's litter and illegal dumping issues.
This project engaged volunteers and scientists in a research project to better understand the sources and impacts of microplastics in Port Phillip Bay and its catchment.
The Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index (NLI) is a national measure of the presence of litter across the country.
The Victorian Litter Plan focuses on engaging the Victorian community in activities that are targeted, measurable and evidence-based.