Litter Hotspots: Communities for Platypus - Litter Free Towns

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

The Communities for Platypus - Litter Free Towns initiative was a community capacity building program aimed at reducing litter and stormwater pollution entering the Yarra River at Warburton and its tributaries in Belgrave and Healesville. Yarra Ranges Shire Council used a combination of education, infrastructure and enforcement strategies, and undertook research to identify litter hotspots and causes of litter.

The council also implemented a 'Communities for Platypus' engagement program with schools, communities and traders to highlight the problems caused by litter and dumped rubbish in local waterways. The project involved designing artwork and installing bins and signage in hotspots to educate the community. It established litter-free townships groups to support further action and drive town-specific interventions.

Key achievements from this project included:

  • the establishment of three plastic bag free groups (Warburton, Healesville and Dandenong Ranges) 
  • 45% of local businesses in Healesville supporting plastic bag free groups
  • installing a map with anti-littering messaging aimed at locals and tourists 
  • installing eight 'Seal the Loop' bins in key fishing areas 
  • reaching 2,500 students with the 'Communities for Platypus' program.




Last updated: 20/05/2020