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

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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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-op

"When our electricity retailer advised us that our usage charges were about to double we realised it was a good time to start looking at ways to reduce costs. We contacted Sustainability Victoria and an energy audit was organised. The audit outlined five clear areas where we could find real savings. We decided to implement all the recommended changes which is expected to reduce energy costs by 47% and emissions by 151 tonnes per year”  Alan Nicholls, Director of Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op

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Funded organisations and projects from 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