Welcome to BeachPatrol

Our Purpose

BeachPatrol is a litter collection volunteer group spread over many postcodes. Within each postcode there is a group of locals who pick up litter from their beaches or streets or parks once a month. The litter is mostly plastic items. We want to stop them getting into the ocean and prevent harm to wildlife. Collection data is saved on this site. The data collection and distribution is a key part of what BeachPatrol performs. We use this data to advocate for changes that will reduce litter:  raising awareness of littered beaches and streets and working with local and state government to address this issue.

What does it mean if I join?
When you join a group you will receive an email about 1 week in advance of the next clean for that group. If you are free you can come along for the one hour to join others. There is no commitment to attend every clean:  you're welcome whenever you can join in.

Reasons to Join a BeachPatrol Group


Pieces of Plastic Picked up and Categorised


Total Beach and Street Cleans


Beach and Street cleans

Since Jan 2014

Litter Stopper Phone App

We have written a new phone app for keeping track of the various common types of litter we pick up. Preprogrammed for BeachPatrol and Love our Street groups, it makes it easy for each group to enter their collection data. The app is also designed for anyone doing a clean to enter their own data and know it is being used for Victorian analysis. The data can be viewed on www.litterstopper.com . The app is free from the app stores. Watch an Instructional video on how to use LItterStopper https://vimeo.com/687797716

Our Recent News

Two new BeachPatrol groups were recently launched. This brings our total number of groups to 30 operating around the bay with approx 5000 people now engaged. Can we get some out of State groups to start in other locations?

Love Our Street Too

Recognising that the litter on our beaches and in the sea largely derives from sources on land, Love Our Street volunteers actively make a difference to the litter in our local public spaces. We aim to normalise litter-free places and to show by our actions that we want clean neighbourhoods

Go To My Beach

Go To My street

How much difference has BeachPatrol made

  • 10,104

    Kgs Of Rubbish Collected

  • 4,800

    Shopping Bags Of Rubbish

  • 4483

    Volunteer Hours

  • 107,749

    Kgs Of Rubbish Collected

  • 42,946

    Shopping Bags Of Rubbish

  • 49274

    Volunteer Hours

Overall Totals

In This Year BeachPatrol Groups

Most Common Items Collected

Chart Hard Bits < 5cmHard Bits > 5cmButt CigarettePoly/FoamNurdlesU Name ItFood WrapperBottle TopFishing ItemsBottle Plastic Drink

In this year LOS groups

Most Common Items Collected

Chart Butt CigarettePoly/FoamCan Metal DrinkBottle Plastic DrinkMicro Plastic < 5mmPPE ItemsCoffee CupFood WrapperBottle Glass DrinkBottle Top

Upcoming Events

Event Start Title Location Description
17 Sep 2022 09:09:00 Mini Spring Clean the City Fed Square @ Zero Waste Festival

We will be conducting a mini Spring Clean the City litter clean up along both sides of the Yarra river for an hour.  This is part of the Zero Waste Festival.   We will clean from 9 to 10 and then sort the plastic litter into piles on the ground to show off to the visitors to the Zero Waste Festival.


08 Oct 2022 09:10:00 Spring Clean the City Queens Bridge Square South Bank

The annual Spring Clean the City wil lbe held on this day starting at 9 am.   Volunteers will be assigned streets within the CBD to collect littered drinkware and bring it back to the event site.  The piles of bottle, cans, cups and straws will be laid out on display for all to see.  The actual cleaning time will last two hours, followed by items sort time and photos.  Many of you have participated in previous SCTC events.   This year will be especially important as it is the last year before a container deposit scheme starts in Victoria, which will lead to a substantial reduction in littered drink containers.  SCTC results will be able to document this.

Most Recent beachpatrol Activity

Saturday, 01 August 2026
3280 BeachPatrol second bay (ch) 2026-08-01

1 pen, 2 dishing washing sponges, 2 strapping bands,1 drum of CHUGOKU MARINE PAINTS, 1 shipping tag - SEALED TSM0269 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.595694145438675&type=3

most recent love our street activity