Litter in the Derwent

Although significant quantities of litter are still found around the Derwent estuary, more people are becoming aware that litter is an environmental problem.

In 2012 the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) coordinated over 100 community, school and business groups in collecting over 24 tonnes of rubbish for a major regional Derwent Litter Campaign as part of Clean Up Australia Day.

This campaign is supported by the DEP's council, state government and industry partners, the Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania, as well as the EPA Division and Veolia Environmental Services.

This ongoing campaign will involve:

  • Encouraging community groups to participate in and register for Clean Up Australia Day as well as sharing information and participating in promotional activities.
  • Identifying how much rubbish is currently being collected around the Derwent and where future collection is required.
  • Working with our partners and other organisations to encourage further cleaning up of the foreshore.
  • Tracking the number of sites, participants and amount of litter collected for public reports and records.

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Restoring and promoting the Derwent estuary