Nurdles response


Wannon Water is continuing its commitment to clean up nurdles from local beaches following the illegal dumping of the small plastic pellets into the Warrnambool Sewage Treatment Plant and their subsequent release into the ocean in mid-November 2017.

Nurdles are pre-production plastic beads (they look like tiny hailstones) used in the manufacturing of everyday plastic goods and products.

Community groups and individuals wanting to help with the clean up are advised to read the following information if they plan to head out on the beaches.

Update – 6 February 2018

Wannon Water held its fourth large, once-a-week clean-up effort at Shelly and Logans beaches on 31 January. A clean-up crew of 10 people worked for at Shelly Beach and a crew of five people at Logans Beach for three hours each. We collected a total volume of 160 millilitres of nurdles, which was made up of 130 millilitres from Shelly Beach and 30 millilitres from Logans Beach.

The next coordinated clean-up events are:

  • Saturday 10 February - Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network’s community beach clean-up at Levy's Beach, 8am -12noon. Click here for the event flyer.  
  • Wednesday 14 February - Wannon Water’s next coordinated beach clean-up. Details of this event will be confirmed later this week.

The latest nurdle occurrence map in now available. As it is a critical time in the Hooded Plover breeding season, please read the Hooded Plover section on our nurdle information sheet before visiting beaches and keep well away from marked Hooded Plover sites.

All nurdles collected are still required to be bagged and dropped off at one of the collection locations. If you have a collection of nurdles at home, please arrange for them to be dropped off at one of the locations listed above as soon as possible. For collection locations and more information on collecting, bagging and reporting of nurdles please read our nurdle information sheet.