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22 August 2016

Results from the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index Report show that Victoria’s total litter count continues to decline, with a 27 per cent drop compared to last year.

Victoria’s total litter count is now 47 per cent lower than the national average.

To ensure this trend continues, the Andrews Labor Government is investing $1 million in innovative approaches to prevent and reduce the impacts of litter and illegal dumping through the Victorian Litter Plan – including the $700,000 Litter Innovation Fund.

Visiting Collingwood Children’s farm today, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the 23 successful Round 1 grant recipients in the Victorian Litter Innovation Fund.

Fourteen of these projects will specifically target marine and coastal litter, and illegal dumping issues that affect the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay Catchment area.

The projects will be delivered in partnership with various organisations, including local government, not-for-profit organisations, businesses and community groups to test new approaches to litter prevention.

Ms D’Ambrosio also launched the Victorian Litter Report Card 2016 which identifies five priority litter issues that will inform future investment and propose new interventions across Victoria over the next two years.

Actions for 2016-17 will focus on coastal areas and waterways, addressing illegal dumping, and reducing plastics and microplastic litter.

Applications for Round 2 of the Victorian Litter Innovation Fund open today. For more information and to apply, visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.auExternal Link . Applications close Friday 30 September.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“For the last five years, Victoria has had the lowest litter count in Australia. Through more investment, partnerships, and community education programs, we hope to see these numbers decline even further.”

“By establishing these litter priorities, communities and businesses can better address their waste education needs and deliver targeted and coordinated approaches within their local areas.”

“I’m pleased that Round 1 of this funding will see more than 100 partnerships strengthened and almost $850,000 invested by partners and the government in tackling local litter issues.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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