Victoria’s coastline is one of the most incredibly diverse marine environments in the world. The temperate rocky reefs are home to many different marine species, with the picturesque beaches revered throughout the world as key holiday destinations. Marine mammals, including dolphins, humpback whales, orcas, and even blue whales live in and migrate through these beautiful waters.
However, the biggest threat to this incredible region, and marine environments all over the world, is unfortunately us! Our litter and waste is a significant problem, with thousands of animals killed from entanglements and plastic ingestion each year. Annually, an estimated 12.5 million metric tonnes of plastic enter the world’s oceans! Fortunately, this is a problem that we can fix! Research suggests that litter in our region is staying local, therefore we have a great opportunity to take action.
Bin Not Beach, as part of Marine Mammal Foundation’s Marine Environment Litter Program, is designed to inspire appreciation Victoria’s amazing marine biodiversity, while highlighting the impact of our litter to encourage action and create long-lasting behaviour change to protect our unique marine life, including the amazing Burrunan dolphin.
Bin Not Beach provides simple and effective take-home strategies to inspire and educate the current and next-generation to reduce the impacts of marine litter in Victorian coastal communities. Through interactive demonstrations, underwater videos, and hands-on beach clean-ups and litter audits, Bin Not Beach’s innovative education program promotes actions and long-term behaviour change, and a RETHINK mentality to create change in our local marine environments.
To get your school or community group involved in Bin Not Beach by emailing MMF at firstname.lastname@example.org.