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 – 1 March 2018

Wannon Water has released a report into the illegal dumping of nurdles into the Warrnambool Sewage Treatment Plant last November.

The report was prepared for the Environment Protection Authority which issued Wannon Water with a clean-up notice after some of the tiny plastic pellets spilled through the plant’s ocean outfall and washed up on beaches from Warrnambool to Port Fairy. It is possibly the first record of a nurdle spill from a sewage treatment plant in Australia.

The EPA is satisfied that Wannon Water has met all the requirements of the clean-up notice and the notice has been revoked.

The clean-up on beaches at Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Killarney to date has involved a concerted and sustained effort by the community, Wannon Water and other agency staff. We would particularly like to acknowledge the very significant contribution by community volunteers and thank them for their efforts.

Nurdle Infographic 

Wannon Water is committed to the ongoing surveying, monitoring and cleaning up of beaches throughout 2018 in response to weather and tidal changes. We also plan to revisit areas that are currently occupied by Hooded Plovers when the breeding season has finished and conduct clean-ups where practicable.

Read more here:

Media Release - Wannon Water releases report into nurdle spill

Report to EPA on Nurdle Incident Summary and Future Directions