Sustainable Cities Awards 2021
Litter Finalists

Candace Colaco
Little Litter Project
The initiative started when Candace began noticing litter in her local area. She decided to raise awareness about the effects of littering and educate the community on the importance of disposing their waste in the correct way.

At first, it was challenging to involve the community. With each clean up, however, Candace engaged more people, drawing groups of approximately 50.

Candace was recognised by the local council, podcasts and newspapers.

She continues to educate the community on plastic pollution and waste management as well as run events and community clean ups!


Luisa Muscara
Love Our Streets Airport West 3042
After participating in numerous litter clean-ups (including from a canoe seven months pregnant), Luisa realised that the local Steele Creek connects with the Maribyrnong River, then the Yarra, before flowing into Port Phillip Bay where her children swim.

In early 2021, Luisa established ‘Love Our Street Airport West’ with the aim of preventing litter entering Steele Creek. Luisa quickly realised this was a complex issue to be tackled at multiple sources, and data collection would be crucial.

Luisa set up a social media page where she shares her clean up data and education tips around waste. Steele Creek runs through several suburbs, and Luisa plans to mentor others to create a “chain of care” of other groups upstream including at Tullamarine, Keilor Park and Keilor and downstream including Niddrie and Essendon.


James Walden
The Ops System Initiative
Development is underway, and industrial dwellings are being transformed into MUDs. From a service standpoint, that’s a nightmare. Dwellings that housed 5 to 50 people are being transformed into dwellings that hold thousands, spiking waste generation in a manner their resources can’t cater for.

The Ops system aims to combat that by integrating a hardware and software solution into operational fleet, they are turning waste and sweeper vehicles into intelligent data capture devices.

By integrating that system with Council’s asset system, they divided the municipality into a micro-environment where they are able to view, analyse and contrast each bin, footpath and street segment to see how often they cleaned it, how often they are experiencing incidents or requests, and how quickly those frequencies grow or diminish as the area continues to develop.

The solution is allowing to revolutionise service delivery and create predictive modelling that will drive future state.


Whitehorse City Council
Box Hill Bin Signage Project
The initiative started when the eco development team created a new Box Hill logo and approached the waste team to partner up. They approached a graphic designer to tie the two messages together for bin signage evoking a sense of pride of where you live, practising proper waste disposal and showcasing what Box Hill has to offer.

They also engaged with a representative of the Chinese speaking community to see what animal they engaged with most, so that it could be woven into the design.

Previous community engagement reflected concerns over litter and its effects on waterways.

There are 10 bin signs (front and back of bin) for different uses of land, showing responsible waste actions.

Overall 2021 Sustainable City Finalists

  • Greater Geelong
  • Yarra Rangers