Community GroupsCommunity groups you can join or engage with to take action on plastic pollution.
Plastic Bag Free Victoria
A local Melbourne group surveying and collecting plastic from waterways and beaches in Melbourne on Sunday mornings, primarily Williamstown/Yarraville locale.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’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.
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
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
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
Get involved as a volunteer to protect our natural environment by calling 13 19 63.
|Chris’ Rubbish Removal & Recycling Solutions||Melbourne, 3000||Visit their website.|
|Kartaway||East Brunswick, 3057|| Email: [email protected]
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.