Clean Up Program

1999 -
South East Queensland

Our Partners


Healthy Land and Water has been operating a Clean Up program in catchments across South East Queensland since 1999. The program collects floating and bank-bound litter from our waterways, removing the waste before it flows out into Moreton Bay where it does untold harm to our marine wildlife and ecosystems.

Despite our best efforts, marine debris is considered to be one of the most serious threats facing oceans, coastal areas and beaches both here in South East Queensland and throughout the world. That’s why Healthy Land and Water is committed to working alongside community, government, industry and business in a collective effort to address this growing concern.

Once the waste has been collected, we work with our research, government and community partners to analyse and categorise the litter so we can better understand how, why and when litter is entering our waterways and oceans. We can then use the data to inform our prevention efforts and how we can stop litter at the source.

Want to learn more?

For more details on the program and to delve into the data, check out the 2017/2018 Clean Up Program Annual Report.

Download the Report

The Clean Up Program would not be possible without the help of our funding partners:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Queensland Government
  • Department of Environment and Science
  • Australian Government
  • Logan City Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Port of Brisbane
  • City of Gold Coast
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council

– In the 2017/2018 financial year, the Clean Up crew removed almost 75,000 pieces of litter from South East Queensland waterways

– In the 2017/2018 financial year, the Clean Up crew removed an average of 34 pieces of rubbish from SEQ waterways every hour

– In the 2017/2018 financial year, the most common items removed from the river were plastic bottles (22% of all litter removed), food wrapping (17%), polystyrene (14%) and plastic pieces (13%).

Get in touch

Healthy Land and Water is dedicated to the care of our unique and beautiful land, waterways and biodiversity.

  • Address: Level 19, 160 Ann Street Brisbane QLD 4000
  • PO Box: 13204, George Street Brisbane QLD 4003
  • Phone: (07) 3177 9100
  • Fax: (07) 3177 9190
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