Community Groups

Community groups you can join or engage with to take action on plastic pollution.

Plastic Bag Free Victoria

plasticbagfreevictoria.org

Plastic Bag Free Victoria are campaigning for a ban on plastic bags in the state of Victoria. You can sign their petition or email them at infor@plasticbagfreevictoria.org to volunteer.

Scab Duty

facebook.com/scabduty

A local Melbourne group surveying and collecting plastic from waterways and beaches in Melbourne on Sunday mornings, primarily Williamstown/Yarraville locale.

Beach Patrol

beachpatrol.com.au

BeachPatrol is a volunteer organisation of people who want to keep their local beaches free from plastic and rubbish. Beach Patrol has groups in Albert Par, Port Melbourne, Elwood, Brighton, St Kilda, South Melbourne, Sandringham, Mentone, Ricketts Point, Hampton, Parkdale, Aspendale, Chelsea, Williamstown, Rye, Seaford, Frankston, Werribee, Mordialloc and Altona.

Friends of Kororoit Creek

fokc.org.au

An active group of volunteers working on a range of activities which aim to improve the health of the creek and its surrounds. The group welcomes new members to get involved and learn more about the plants, animals and issues that affect the Kororoit Creek.

Friends of Darebin Creek

friendsofdarebincreek.org.au

A group committed to restore and conserve the Darebin Creek and the adjacent parkland. Volunteers are encouraged to get involved, expertise isn’t essential, just an interest in the Darebin Creek and its protection for environmental and recreational use.

Friends of Werribee River

werribeeriver.org.au

Friends of Werribee River is a community-based interest group that endeavours to preserve and improve the Werribee River. They welcome people to join a whole range of enjoyable activities.

Merri Creek Management Committee

www.mcmc.org.au

Merri Creek Management Committee is an environmental coordination and management group formed to achieve a shared vision for the natural and cultural protection of the Merri Creek Catchment. Refer to their website for ways to get involved.

Port Phillip Eco Centre

ecocentre.com

Port Phillip Eco Centre  is a not-for-profit environmental group involved in a range of activities that promote biodiversity, environmental sustainability and community action. They encourage people to register as volunteers on their website, as there are many different opportunities.

Yarra Riverkeeper Association

yarrariver.org.au

Yarra Riverkeeper Association is a not-for-profit community organisation formed by a group of citizens who protect and restore the Yarra River and its tributaries. There are volunteering opportunities or donations can be made by visiting their website.

Dolphin Research Institute

www.environmentvictoria.org.au

A not-for-profit, community-based organisation. Working towards the wellbeing of dolphins and the marine environment. They rely largely on support from the community to maintain their important work.

Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria

kvb.org.au

KVB’s “Adopt a Roadside” program aims to reduce litter on Victoria’s roadsides, stop pollutants from entering local waterways and improve the quality of vegetation. Volunteers help remove roadside litter and/or undertake revegetation works including the removal of weeds.

Naturewatch

vnpa.org.au

Run by Victoria National Parks Association, this program monitors and provides input to park management and planning. Volunteers just need an interest in the natural environment and be ready to learn.

Reef Watch Victoria

reefwatchvic.asn.au

A community-led volunteer program that coordinates a number of marine conservation programs. If you want to learn more about your local marine habitat and assist in protecting our natural heritage, then register to become a Reef Watch

Waterwatch

vic.waterwatch.org.au

Community engagement program connecting local communities with river health and sustainable water management issues. There are many different ways that you can volunteer your time, energy and enthusiasm with Waterwatch.

Volunteer with Parks Victoria

parkweb.vic.gov.au

Get involved as a volunteer to protect our natural environment by calling 13 19 63.

Name Area Contact
Chris’ Rubbish Removal & Recycling Solutions Melbourne, 3000 Visit their website.
Kartaway East Brunswick, 3057 Email: sales@kartaway.com.au
Phone: 9389 5100
VATMI Recycling Kew, 3010 Visit their website.
RED Group Williamstown, 3016 Visit their website.
Polytrade Recycling Cambellfield, 3061 Visit their website.
Cleanaway Brooklyn, 3012 (Old Geelong Rd) Phone: 9314 2297
Transpacific Clarinda, 3169 Visit their website.
Olympic Polymers Moorabbin, 3189 Phone: 9555 5559
Australian Waste Management Pty Ltd Truganina, 3029 Visit their website.
Astron Plastics Cheltenham, 3192 Visit their website.
Vanden Recycling Laverton North, 3025 Visit their website.
Australian Composite Technology Somerton, 3062 Visit their website.
C & A Recycle Plastics Craigieburn. 3064 Phone: 9303 8849
Super Safe Eco Waste Recycle Centre Kilsyth, 3137 Phone: 9723 3759
ACE Recycling Group Dandenong South, 3175 Visit their website.
Melton Recycling Facility Melton South, 3338 Visit their website
Process Poly Carrum Downs, 3201 Visit their website.
Suez Environment (SITA Australia) Hampton park, 3976 Visit their website
Closed Loop Environmental Solutions South Melbourne, 3205 Visit their website.
GT Recycling Moolap, Geelong, 3221 Visit their website.

How can you report pollution or illegal dumping activity relevant to the oceans?

Call EPA’s 24 hour Pollution Hotline (1300 EPA VIC) to report:

  • fish deaths or waterway contamination.
  • discolored water or floating slicks.
  • people who litter from motor vehicles  (or EPA Victoria’s website)
  • pollution; providing information that includes:
    • time of the event.
    • whether you’ve seen it before.
    • what you can see, smell.
    • location and your contact details.