Rubbish data to form future strategies

La Vergne Lehmann.
La Vergne Lehmann.

A GRAMPIANS waste group wants the community’s help to build a better understanding of what type of litter people are dropping on the region’s roadsides, parks or waterways. 

Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group acting executive officer La Vergne Lehmann said people could also help identify where those hotspots were located. 

”Rather than relying on anecdotal evidence or expensive litter audits which can only be done from time to time, we are asking the community to use the Litterati app to record and tag the litter as they see it,” Ms Lehmann said. 

“Essentially we are seeking to crowd source the information that we would never be able to get ourselves.” 

Ms Lehmann said staff spent a day looking at wayside stops between Nhill and Ballarat to get a sense of what types of litter could be found along various parts of the Western Highway.

She said using the Litterati App, staff uploaded hundreds of litter items from coffee cups to fast food containers, snack wrappers and used nappies.

She said this information would help inform the development of future litter programs.

“If we can get community members to participate, then we can get so much more data to help us understand what the major litter issues in our region are,” Ms Lehmann said.

“There is no doubt that building this database, over time, will help us to address specific problems such as the growing problem of coffee cups.” 

Ms Lehmann said people could email her via lavergne.lehmann@gcwwwrg.vic.gov.au for more information about participating in the collection of data for the Litterati app.