Effectiveness of investments in litter abatement strategies (facilities, policies and outreach) in reducing input of debris into the environment
Project Outline and Objectives:
As plastic production increases globally we are, in turn, seeing a rise of litter lost into the marine environment. To combat this issue, numerous abatement strategies have been employed that target reducing litter from local sources. However, these strategies are under-researched in Australia and internationally. Given that litter not only reduces the economic value of an area but also creates a problem to public health, knowing what litter abatement strategies work is imperative to reducing litter entering the ocean. This PhD programme aims to determine a potential link between the density of the marine debris on the coastlines around Australia and the effectiveness of existing local litter abatement strategies.
Specifically the project will:
Determine whether the presence/absence of particular litter policies, infrastructure and awareness-raising campaigns reduce litter loads of an area
Discern the most cost efficient strategies at reducing litter in the environment
Identify environmental and social indicators for target areas of illegal dumping and littering
Identify high frequency litter items in a specific area and determine the success of a targeted litter item reduction strategy.
Joanna Vince, UTAS
Marcus Haward, UTAS
Denise Hardesty, CSIRO
Chris Wilcox, CSIRO
This project includes a collaboration study with Healthy Waterways in Queensland (Australia).