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.

Grant recipient case studies


Ultrasonic Bin Level Sensing Program

City of Yarra, Nillumbik Shire and City of Boroondara

Rubbish bins across the City of Yarra, Nillumbik Shire and City of Boroondara are sending real-time data back to their respective councils and waste contractors.

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Litter Super Heroes in the Grampians

Grampians Central West

Litter, along with illegal dumping is a big problem in the Grampians Central West region. The Litter Super Heroes program spread a positive message, using a combination of face-to-face communication and social media.

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Sustainability Victoria

Keeping it clean

Bendigo Senior Secondary College

The students decided to organise a clean-up of the Jobs Gully area, collecting 70 kilograms of rubbish. They ran a guess-the-weight competition at the school, before sorting, recycling and disposing of the waste.

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Funded organisations and projects

Round 2
Applicant (project
lead) and partners
Project name Project summary Funding stream Grant amount Case study
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 Case study
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 Case study
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 Case study 
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 Case study
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 Case study
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 Case study
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 Case study
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  
Round 1
Applicant (project
lead) and partners
Project name Project summary Funding stream Grant amount Case study
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 Case study
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 Case study
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; 4SITE Australia; Monash University
Reducing litter at remote locations on Mt Stirling – pilot study Waste kits for bushwalkers and skiers, innovative signage Regional Victoria $10,000 Case study
Applicant: Phillip Island Nature Park Board of Management
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 Case study
Applicant: San Remo Foreshore Committee of Management
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 Case study
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 Case study
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
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
Partner: Life Saving Victoria
Bin Not Bay Marine Environment Litter Project Innovative bins and education Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $19,800 Case study
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 Case study
Applicant: Bellarine Catchment Network
Partners: Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Management, COGG, Community corrective services and Green Army, Borough of Queenscliff
Caring for our bays – Be a Hero – Litter Awareness Innovative signage Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $20,000 Case study
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 Case study
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 Case study
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 Case study
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 Group Centres
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 Case study
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 Case study
Applicant: Half Moon Bay Life Saving and Swimming Club
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 Case study
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 Case study
Applicant: Streamline Media and Communications Group
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 Case study
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 Case study
Applicant: Wyndham City Council
Partners: Julia Gillard Library and Tarneit Community Centre, SKM Recycling and Four Season
Don't Dump It, Recycle It Pop-up bulky waste collection stations Yarra and Port Phillip Bay Catchment $20,000 Case study
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 Case study

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Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

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