Friends and Supporters of Beach Patrol

BeachPatrol with its strong reputation even hosted the Royal Couple on a beach clean

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

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 was also designed for anyone doing a clean to enter their own data and know it is being used for Victorian analysis.  The data is also sent to the national AMDI database.

Go to the Litter Stopper page


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 3500 people now engaged. Can we get some out of State groups to start in other locations?

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.


The volunteers protecting our beaches

Welcome to BeachPatrol

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.

Upcoming Events

Event StartTitle LocationDescription
6/09/2019 3:00 PM BeachPatrol Finalist for Sustainable Cities Awards

BP made it as a finalist to the Sustainable Cities awards in the Community Awards section.

21/09/2019 9:00 AM Spring Clean the City SouthBank Mtg Point

Back again in 2019 to Clean the City of littered drink containers and continue to make out statement for a container deposit scheme.   Following our successful big clean in 2018 that show cased 2700 littered drink bottles and cans, we are going to do it again in 2019

Most Recent Group Activity

3193 Beach Clean August by



We had nearly 40 people show for the clean and to say goodbye to leader Hazel Stanworth, who is moving overseas.


We had lots of children and teens helping out on this beautiful winter's morning. Lots of plastics, takeaway containers. We also collected a higher amount of fishing wire than usual.


How much difference has BeachPatrol made in this year?

Kgs of rubbish collectedShopping bags of rubbishVolunteer HoursBottles & cans

How much difference has BeachPatrol made in Previous years?

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BeachPatrol LibraryGo to Library

Wednesday, 5 September 2018 10:40:46 AM
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Spring Clean the City 2018

BeachPatrol and Love Our Street along with some other groups who have volunteered to help are organising a big clean of the entire CDB streets, parks and lane ways.


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Thursday, 12 April 2018 9:22:56 AM
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Plastic Bags kill another whale
A sperm whale that washed up on a beach in Spain died due to nearly 30 kilograms of trash that blocked its digestive system.
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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.


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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

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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Next Beach Clean Dates

Beach ZoneCleaning DateTime
LOS307125-Aug-20192.00 pm
LOS318501-Sep-20199.30 am
301801-Sep-20193.00 pm
LOS3186EP01-Sep-201910.30 am
322005-Sep-201910.00 am

In this year

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

Spotting plastic nurdles

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In previous years