Video: Over 1 billion microplastics in Port Phillip Bay | Clean Bay Blueprint, Year 2

The surface waters of the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers carry nearly 1.4 billion items of litter to Port Phillip Bay each year, according to new research from Port Phillip EcoCentre.

Over 1.1 billion items (79%) of this litter load is microplastics (pieces of plastic less than 5 mm in diameter).

Both the Yarra and Maribyrnong litter loads have increased since research began in 2015, but the Yarra pollution has increased faster.

All litter categories in the Yarra are increasing except straws. The number of straws in the Yarra is declining. This may be due to community and business efforts to reduce their use.

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From Garden to Table; our Friday Gardening Group
Remember Show and Tell in primary school? Well, Friday Gardening Group are still doing it at the Eco –Centre! We start each Friday morning session with an array of wonderful things gardeners bring in, sharing our knowledge of the amazing plants in our local area. Did you know that edible pine nuts come from pine […]
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Being among the Beachkeepers
After what felt like a decade in COVID lockdowns, I was looking for something to do to feel connected back into society again. I signed up to volunteer with the Beachkeepers to do some weeding and planting on the beach. I figured that was perfect – I had gotten really into houseplants during the lockdowns […]
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EcoCentre November Reflections
by April Seymore, Executive Officer When you hear “EcoCentre building” the new, world-leadership sustainability-rated, Net Zero, spacious and beautiful community centre probably springs to mind. This is with good reason: community has keenly watched the timber structure rise into place over the past few months. We’re all very excited about launching the redeveloped EcoCentre in […]
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EcoHouse Memories – Stories Under The Tree Part 3
In February 2022, after two decades of success and growth the EcoCentre farewelled the humble brick EcoHouse as it prepared to redevelop a purpose-built and sustainable building on the same site. People gathered under the tree to share their memories, and to celebrate the EcoHouse Cottage, this organisation, and the people.  This is Part 3 […]
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The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.