Friends and Supporters of Beach Patrol

Our thanks to the following sponsors for assisting our Beach Patrol groups

Beach Cleaning events for your zone

Beach Patrol is an organised network of volunteer, community beach cleaning groups

You don’t have to live near the beach

If you would like to join a beach patrol group or start up your own group you are very welcome too

We pick up and dispose of all types of rubbish

we manually clean the beach in an effort to preserve and improve this environment

we are also helping our bay and river systems

systems by discarding litter that may otherwise be swept away by tides

#LastPlasticStraw 

As part of as effort to reduce beach plastic litter, BeachPatrol started The Last Plastic Straw program.  Cafes were offered free paper straws for a certain time period and asked to make customers request a straw before giving one out.  The intent was to make a business case for cafes to stop using plastic straws. 

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Our Recent Group Activity

Two new Beachpatrol groups are currently under discussion.  This would bring our total number of groups to 23 operating around the bay now with approx. 2200 people registered. Can we get some out of State groups to start in other locations?

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Love Our Street too

A new initiative to Beachpatrol, Love Our Street volunteers are actively making a difference to the litter on our local streets.  Raising awareness of littered beaches and streets is one of Beachpatrol's main goals.  Beachpatrol also works with local and state government to address this issue.

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Welcome to Beach Patrol

Beach Patrol, through the power of local resident members and community spirit, is helping to clean the beaches of Melbourne.

Beach Patrol is a chain of volunteer community groups each defined by suburb, post code and t-shirt colour.Starting in 2009 with 3206 Beach Patrol - Middle Park , it quickly became evident that many 3206 residents cared greatly about the condition of their local beaches and were in fact willing to donate one hour of their time each month to help keep the beaches cleaner and safer for the greater enjoyment of all. Beach Patrol - 3207Port Melbourne was soon up and running and following on 3182St Kilda and 3186Brighton Beach Patrol soon followed on.  By the mid 2015, there were 18 groups running, covering over 50 km of beach across the top of Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay with approx. 1500 volunteers signed up to help keep our beaches clean.

Most Recent Group Activity

3193 Ricketts Point October beach clean by 3193admin

It was a glorious morning at Ricketts Point! 24 of our volunteers got stuck in to clean up Seaweed beach. Overall, 10 full bags of litter were collected, roughly 28Kg in weight. The most common items of litter were cigarette butts, small plastic fragments, confectionery/chip bags and straws.

How much difference has BeachPatrol made in this year?

How much difference has BeachPatrol made in Previous years?

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 6:06:14 AM
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A New Survey Method to determine Plastic Litter in Port Phillip Bay

A daily tide line survey was conducted on a fixed section of 35 m long beach for 365 days.   The purpose was to determine how much plastic is washing out of the bay every yer.  The survey had to be performed for a year as the seasonal winds vary a lot and winds are the main factor affecting the plastic washing out of the bay.


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Saturday, 3 September 2016 6:00:41 AM
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Experiment to measure the amount of plastic items in Port Phillip Bay
BeachPatrol members conduct a year long experiment to count plastic washing out of the Bay.  Down load the PDF to see the predictions 1/3 way through the experiment to show over a billion pieces are coming out of the Bay per year.
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Sunday, 22 May 2016 11:50:58 AM
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The Case for a Container Deposit Scheme
There are many very good reasons why a Container Deposit scheme (CDS) is required.  A CDS would put a deposit on a bottle of drink and when the bottle is returned the deposit would be refunded. 
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 1:09:42 AM
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Consequences of Cigarette Butt Waste and Litter-Reducing methods

High death rates from lung cancer and other illnesses associated with cigarette smoke

have prompted greater efforts to keep communities informed of the harmful consequences of

tobacco use.


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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:53:55 PM
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Going Plastic Fishing

A wonderful group in Holland has come up with this idea to remove plastic waste from their canals.

http://plasticwhale.org/

 


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Sunday, 12 April 2015 5:12:26 AM
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Another Container Deposit Scheme Excuse Debunked
Many littered bottles are still partially full, those contents are worth far more than a 10 refund on a bottle
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Sunday, 15 March 2015 1:57:29 AM
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Balloons kill wildlife, pollute the Earth and waste Helium

http://balloonsblow.org/impacts-on-wildlife-and-environment

Dolphins, whales, turtles, and many other marine species, as well as terrestrial animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and other animals have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It slowly starves to death. The animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat


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Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:23:13 AM
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Coral found to be eating plastic waste in the ocean
A lot of small plastic comes from big plastic. What happens is large plastic objects enter the ocean and get exposed to UV and they get brittle and degrade into many small pieces. So it's great that they're stopping this stuff that you literally pour down the sink from entering the marine environment but a lot of the small plastic just comes from big bits of plastic too."
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Monday, 23 February 2015 12:16:03 PM
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Plastic increasing in world’s oceans
They determined 8 million tonnes of plastic was added to the ocean in 2010. Measurements were taken from 192 countries with coastlines. As populations grow and use of plastic increases, this number is expected to double by 2025.


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Friday, 20 February 2015 11:52:02 AM
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Nurdles Quest for Domination of the Ocean
View the animated video.
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Next Beach Clean Dates

Beach ZoneCleaning DateTime
   
319822-Oct-201710am - 11am
319129-Oct-20179am - 10am
LOS318404-Nov-20179.30 am
320704-Nov-20179 am
3941 Rye04-Nov-20172 pm
319304-Nov-201711.00 am
318605-Nov-201710:00 am
318211-Nov-20179am
303012-Nov-201711:30 AM
319918-Nov-201710:00am

In this year

Most Common Items selected
Most Common Items selected
 
Cigarette butts
Drink Containers. All bottles and cans for CDS count
Plastic fragments < 5cm

Spotting plastic nurdles

This year todate - 

None100+1000+
   
1142623

In previous years

None100+1000+
   
4128442