Reporting Litter

Please report waterway litter to your local council.

Find out more about how you can help keep our waterways clean and healthy at home, work and in the community.

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Clean Up Program

Operating since 1999, the Healthy Waterways Clean Up Program collects litter from the Brisbane, Bremer and Logan Rivers, as well as the natural waterways of the Gold Coast.

On average, the Healthy Waterways Clean Up crews remove over 250,000 items of litter from our waterways each year. The Program consists of two small vessels (tinnies) and a crew of two people per vessel. They collect floating litter and, in accessible areas, pick up litter from riverbanks and from within mangroves.

The Clean Up crews gather information on the location, source and type of litter collected. The Program also aims to increase community understanding about the issue of waterway litter by attending community events.

The key components of the program include:

  • Remove waterway litter from South East Queensland’s waterways via the Clean Up boat and at various Clean Up events
  • Monitor and report on the impact of litter on waterway health
  • Implement actions that address litter at its source
  • Undertake research to understand waterway pollution issues such as microplastics.


The Clean Up Program services:

Brisbane and Bremer Rivers (weekly)
Approximately 80 kilometres between the mouth of the Brisbane River at Fisherman Island and Colleges Crossing near Ipswich, including all navigable creeks between, and the Bremer River up to and including the Ipswich City reach up stream to the MiHi Creek.

Gold Coast (fortnightly)
Natural waterways (no canal estates) from the Nerang River at R A Stevens Bridge downstream to the Gold Coast Bridge at Southport, the Broadwater at Southport, and all navigable waterways in Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks.

Logan (monthly)
Upper reaches of Logan River, from the boat ramp at Henderson Street Park, Logan Reserve to the Geoff Philip Bridge, Logan Village.

Our Funding Partners:

Brisbane City Council
Logan City Council
Ipswich City Council
Port of Brisbane
Gold Coast City Council

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Join a Community Group

Find out about the projects undertaken by local landholders and community groups in your local catchment area to protect and improve our waterways, and how you can get involved.  

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What You Can Do 

Whether you are an individual, land owner, community group, local business or corporation, we all have a role to play in protecting and improving the health of our waterways. There a number of things you can do around your home or business and within your local community.

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