Litter Hotspots projects - urban and retail districts

Urban and retail districts seem a long way from the bay and a little bit of litter doesn’t matter, does it? But litter in the streets travels through stormwater drains to our rivers and the bay. Several projects targeted cigarette butt litter and bin design using innovative and creative approaches.

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Urban and retail districts projects and resources

The table below outlines the urban and retail districts projects. Please click on the links for further information and to read the project case studies.



Maribyrnong City Council: Footscray Litter Prevention A shopping precinct project aimed at reducing litter in the Maribyrnong River. Maribyrnong City Council conducted litter audits at key hotspots in the Footscray Business District, analysed contents of litter traps, surveyed community attitudes and used the findings to develop and deliver in partnership with the Footscray Traders Association, a targeted education campaign for shoppers and traders.
Monash City Council: Keep Kingsway Clean A shopping strip trader engagement program focused on protecting stormwater from cigarette butt litter, oils and food waste arising from traders in Kingsway, Glen Waverley. Monash City Council developed educational resources and interpretative signage for CALD communities, including drain stencilling and water testing with the aim of reducing floating litter and stormwater pollution appearing in Scotchman's and Gardiners Creeks.
Beautiful Brimbank/Friends of Kororoit Creek: Love Where You Live  The Love Where You Live drain project raised public awareness of the cycle of litter from street to creek in the Sunshine area. Project partners developed art-based drainage education with supporting environmental messaging, undertook beautification planting and organised direct action clean ups to create long-term cultural change on litter prevention.
City of Greater Dandenong: Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention Campaign  This project focused on reducing cigarette butt litter pollution in Springvale and Dandenong’s central business districts.  The City of Greater Dandenong worked with external stakeholders and the local community, using a combination of infrastructure, education and engagement, and enforcement activities. This project received a Keep Victoria Beautiful Award for litter prevention. 
Hume City Council: Smart Bins, Stop Litter This project trialled solar bins in litter hotspots to reduce litter by improving amenity and bin disposal responsibility of precinct users. ‘Smart bins’ were installed by Hume City Council in three separate locations: a fast food business precinct in Campbellfield, a local school and shop precinct in Craigieburn, and a café precinct in Tullamarine. 
City of Whittlesea: Prevent Litter - Cover Your Load Cover Your Load was a community litter prevention education and behaviour change campaign implemented within the City of Whittlesea to change the long term behaviour of residents using the Wollert Landfill and the Cooper Street Recycling Precinct. The campaign highlighted the environmental benefits of covering trailer loads when in transit to reduce roadside litter and debris, protect nearby parklands and waterways, and improve the safety of municipal roads.
Manningham City Council: Development of Riversafe low maintenance GPT A strategic infrastructure and stormwater engagement project aimed at developing and trialling the use of new 'Riversafe' low cost maintenance gross pollution trap (GPT) prototypes to manage the collection of stormwater litter pollution. 
City of Melbourne: Operation Binfrastructure - Cigarette Litter A cigarette butt litter prevention and recycling project targeting key university and hospital litter hotspots in the City of Melbourne. The council engaged and worked collaboratively with universities and hospitals to install innovative butt bin recycling infrastructure. The council collected litter data, installed new signage, and undertook community surveys, community engagement activities to reduce the litter flow into stormwater drains and the Yarra River.
City of Whittlesea: Reducing litter and dumped rubbish along significant waterways within the City of Whittlesea An upstream education, infrastructure and enforcement project targeting litter and stormwater pollution in the Merri, Edgar and Darebin Creeks and Plenty River. Whittlesea Council employed a Litter Prevention Officer to target litter and rubbish emanating from high growth residential building sites and estates entering stormwater and local waterways. The project focused on site clean ups, community engagement, raising awareness, installing litter infrastructure and surveillance equipment.


Last updated: 20/05/2020