Community litter collections
Council support for community litter collections
Council supports community members who safely collect litter within Merri-bek.
We can provide a collection if you contact Council in advance or complete the form below to organise a pick up location.
Litter collection during restrictions
Merri Creek Management Committee has created a Merri Creek Community Litter Cleans Ups COVID style Facebook page for up to date guidance and support on safely organising, within COVID restrictions, your own household or solo litter clean up.
The page includes safety tips, equipment advice, safe sites and litter hot spots, how to dispose of cleaned up litter safely and sustainably, and how to make citizen science contributions. Search for @MerriCreekLitterCleanUps.
Register your community litter collection event
If you plan to hold a community litter collection we encourage you to register your event by sending an email to Merri Creek Management Committee's (MCMC) Rapid Response to Litter Co-ordinator Julia Cirillo.
Registering your event provides you with public liability insurance cover as well as access to a litter clean up kit, which contains gloves, high vis vests, bags, first aid equipment and data sheets.
MCMC can also assist with finding a safe site to collect litter and training as well as how to accurately record litter data.
Additional resources are available on the Friends of Merri Creek website such as a voluteer registration form and site safety checklist along with other information to help you keep safe when collecting litter.
Let Council know where you will be collecting litter
Please use the Community Litter Collection form to notify Council of your litter collection event, including Clean Up Australia Day events. Include your contact details and where you plan to leave your litter so that we know where to pick it up or can get in touch with you if we need to arrange a different collection point.
Community Litter Collection
Clean Up Australia Day collections
Council encourages community members, schools and businesses to participate in the annual Clean Up Australia Day events and can help by picking up collected litter. Please use the form above to let us know where you plan to leave your litter bags.
Clean Up Australia also provide resources for litter collection events every day of the year. Register your site with Clean Up Australia to receive a Clean Up Kit containing:
- 10-20 clean up bags (half white bags and half yellow recycling bags)
- 4-5 pairs of gloves
- A sharps container (if requested)
- A hi-vis vest (a fashionable safety accessory that helps people identify the site supervisor)
- Paperwork kit
Friends of Merri Creek monthly litter collections
The Friends of Merri Creek (FoMC) organise monthly litter collections along the Merri Creek. To stay up to date or join in on the regular monthly clean up, or for fact sheets, safety information and the steps to planning a litter clean up go to the FoMC litter community clean ups page.