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.


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.  By 2019 there are 45 groups covering over 150 km of Port Phillip Bay beaches and streets, with approx 4000 volunteers working to keep beaches and streets clean

Upcoming Events

Covid 19 Suspension
Start Date/Time:
10-Mar-20 06.00 PM
End Date/Time:
31-Jul-20 06.30 PM
Recurring Event:
One time event
Normal Priority
Beachpatrol Events

BeachPatrol has temporarily suspended all its group cleans due to the restrictions caused by Covid 19.  Once the government has decreed it safe to resume we will start up again.

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Most Recent Group Activity

Love Our Street 3183 & 3185 Individual cleans April 2020 by

Though group cleans are suspended during COVID-19, members continue their efforts to protect our environment. Numerous reports have been logged using the Litter Stopper app. Recent rains mean litter has heavily impacted our beaches, so our work to remove this menace from our streets means less flows through the storm water system to the sea. Thank you to our members.

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

Friday, 7 February 2020 3:52:02 PM
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Victoria to Finally get a Cash for Containers scheme

A cash-for-cans and bottles scheme to combat Victoria’s recycling and waste crisis will be introduced by the state government.

Victoria had been the only state or territory in Australia without a container deposit scheme or a plan to introduce one.

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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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Next Beach Clean Dates

Beach ZoneCleaning DateTime
318208-Aug-20209 am
318212-Sep-20209 am
318210-Oct-20209 am
318214-Nov-20209 am

In this year

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

Spotting plastic nurdles

This year todate - 


In previous years