Litter Hotspots Program

The Litter Hotspots Program was launched in 2013 to support a catchment wide partnership building approach to reducing litter in waterways entering Port Phillip Bay. The program was provided with a budget of $2.15 million from the Victorian Sustainability Fund.

The Litter Hotspots Program brought together a mix of government and community partners to achieve its objectives, using a range of activities (collaboration, networks, training, development of resources) to build capacity and deliver lasting results. A core component of the program was to provide funding grants to local government and community organisations to assist them in implementing strategic, infrastructure and engagement interventions to achieve the four program objectives:

  • supporting the implementation of best practice litter prevention projects
  • developing partnerships in order to build capacity around delivery of litter prevention projects
  • improving personal responsibility for litter disposal and prevention
  • improving the amenity of public spaces that impact upon the water quality of the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay.    

In total there were three funding rounds with funding of $1.47 million to support both single year small grants projects and large multi-year projects.

Some achievements and outcomes of the program include:

  • 35 funded projects resulting in 267 new organisational partnerships
  • significant litter reduction (up to 96.8%) at 436 hotspot sites 
  • over $2 million in cash and in-kind contributions from funded organisations and project partners
  • over 179 tonnes of litter collected (including over 1.29 million cigarette butts).

Case studies and resources from projects are available to help councils and community groups plan litter reduction projects.

‘Catchment Connections’

A video focussing on  how the Litter Hotspots Program brought agencies, stakeholders and delivery partners together to build connections to achieve positive environmental outcomes.


Overall program resources

  • Case study: A catchment approach - Litter Hotspots Case Study 1.8 MB

    This case study explores partnerships and collaborative action to reduce litter from the mountains to the sea through MWRRG and the CLEAN Network.

  • Case study: Taking community action Case Study 591 KB

    This case study examines how communities are engaged to care and clean up litter hotspots areas including Wader Beach, Westgate Park and the Yarra River.

  • Litter Hotspots Program Evaluation Report Report 1.1 MB

    The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) delivered the $2.15 million Litter Hotspots Program in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), funded through the Victorian Government's Sustainability Fund from 2014-2017. The program aimed to support implementation of best practice litter preventions, develop partnerships to build capacity, improve personal responsibility for litter disposal and prevention, and improve the amenity of public spaces that impact upon the water quality of the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. This evaluation reports on the overall effectiveness and delivery of the Litter Hotspots Program.  

Last updated: 03/02/2021