VLAA members

VLAA's members, listed below, represent a diverse range of state and local government, industry and community organisations that help reduce litter in the community.

 

Coordinating agency

Sustainability Victoria is a Victorian government statutory authority delivering programs on integrated waste management and resource efficiency and contributes to litter prevention and management in Victoria. Its focus in regards litter is on providing tools and information, program development, funding assistance, partnership development and supporting VLAA's Litter Champion.


Enforcement and regulation

Environmental Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Victoria) are the State's environmental regulator and an influential authority on environmental impacts. EPA Victoria enforces the Environment Protection Act 1970 and runs a Pollution Hotline where members of the public can report such incidences. EPA Victoria is a member of the VLAA Reference Group.


Water and waterways 

As manager of Melbourne's water supply catchments, waterways and major drainage systems, Melbourne Water has a keen interest in litter prevention. It tackles the litter problem with advice and support often partnering with local government, installing litter traps in priority areas, and cleaning up litter affected areas. Melbourne Water is a Funding Partner of VLAA.

The Yarra Riverkeepers Association speaks for the Yarra, Melbourne’s own beautiful, resilient, iconic River. It is an independent community of citizen-advocates that works solely in the interest of the river. The spokesperson of the Association is the Yarra Riverkeeper. The Yarra Riverkeepers Association is a member of the VLAA Reference Group.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian registered charity focused on the health of our marine environment, and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.

 

Major roads, highways and freeways

VicRoads is a major land manager in Victoria and has responsibility for roadside vegetation management and roadside litter issues on the lands they manage - generally major roads, highways and freeways. They are a key partner in any roadside litter prevention activity. Local councils are responsible for roadside vegetation management and roadside litter issues on local roads. VicRoads is a Funding Partner of VLAA. 


Central business district 

The City of Melbourne looks after street cleaning and designated public places (such as plazas and malls) in the Melbourne CBD, and runs litter prevention campaigns targeting visitors and businesses. City of Melbourne is a Funding Partner of VLAA.


Communities 

 Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB) runs a series of programs focusing on sustainable communities. Programs include Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities, Adopt a Roadside and Stationeers. KVB is a member of the VLAA Reference Group.

The Port Phillip EcoCentre is a place where environmental solutions are hatched and nurtured.  The EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed, environment group, providing a base for affiliate groups involved in activities that promote biodiversity, environmental sustainability and community action. The Port Phillip EcoCentre is a member of the VLAA Reference Group.

Zoos Victoria are a world-leading zoo-based conservation organisation whose mission is to galvanise communities to commit to the conservation of wildlife and wild places. They work towards achieving this by connecting people and wildlife, including through campaigns such as When Balloons Fly Seabirds Fly

 

Industry 

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is the peak industry body for packaging, representing the interests of the industry signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC). Through collaboration and engagement with the packaging supply chain, NPCIA members develop sustainable packaging that minimises environmental impact and reduces waste and litter. The NPCIA is a Funding Partner of VLAA. 

The Victorian Waste Management Association (VWMA) is the key division of the Victorian Transport Association representing the waste and recycling sectors.  They are a member based, not for profit association that work to promote best practice and the highest industry standards.  The VWMA represents its members and advocates and lobbies on their behalf on issues and policies affecting them by developing professional relationships with the relevant Government agencies, the wider waste industry and the public. The VWMA is a member of the VLAA Reference Group.
 

Local government 

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is the peak representative and lobbying body for Victoria's 79 councils. It carries out a range of policy and sector development projects relating to environmental sustainability. The MAV is a member of the VLAA Reference Group.

The Litter Enforcement Officers Network (LEON) is a growing network of local government enforcement officers who have a key role in enforcing litter laws in their jurisdictions. LEON meet three to four times a year for networking, sharing case studies and professional development. They aim to promote a consistent, best practice approach within the litter enforcement community.


Waste and resource recovery groups

The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) is a State Government agency responsible for municipal solid waste management and planning in Melbourne. It promotes a hierarchy of reuse, recycling and best practice management for the residual waste stream. The MWRRG is a Funding Partner of VLAA.

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GCWWRRG) represents all the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Groups (WRRGs) as members of the VLAA Reference Group: Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery GroupGippsland Waste and Resource Recovery GroupGoulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery GroupLoddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group and North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group.

The Groups are the link between state and local governments and industry and are responsible for facilitating a coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of infrastructure and services in the areas of municipal solid waste (MSW), commercial and industrial waste and commercial (C&I) and construction and demolition waste (C&D).

 

Government departments and agencies

Parks Victoria are one of the Victoria's largest land managers, managing our State’s parks, reserves, waterways and other public land including a representative system of terrestrial and marine national parks and marine sanctuaries. They are also the Local Port Manager for Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and Port Campbell and the Waterway Manager for the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers. 

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) brings together Victoria’s planning, local government, environment, energy, suburban development, forests, emergency management, climate change and water functions into a single department to strengthen connections between the environment, community, industry and economy. They are also a major Crown Land manager in Victoria.