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Through our Litter and Flows and Yarra Blitz projects, we have identified styrofoam, especially expanded polystyrene (EPS), to be the most prevalent and pervasive macroplastic litter item in the Yarra River.
In 2019, we formed an idea of the key sources of polystyrene pollution and developed an action plan to prevent this noxious substance from entering our waterways and Port Phillip Bay. This project follows on from the first phase of the Polystyrene Pollution in the Yarra River report and focuses on further understanding the sources of EPS pollution. It aims to get further data on specific industries to create a more complete picture that can inform polystyrene pollution efforts and reduction strategies.
The main aims of the project are:
We are excited to announce that a polystyrene layer will be available in the Yarra Atlas shortly, the launch date will be announced soon!