• 63 billion gallons of oil are used to make plastic bottles in one year in the US alone.

  • 5 tonnes of plastic travels to the island of Midway in the Pacific Ocean in the stomach of an albatross every year.

  • 1 million plastic cups are used an hour on US flights.

  • The fast-fashion industry is the second most polluting behind coal.

  • Every 10 minutes, Australians send 6 tonnes of textiles/clothing to landfill.

We’re all responsible and need to take action, that’s why we organised the first Scavenge back in March 2015. Little did we know at the time, that our cunning litter currency concept would take us from setting up a registered charity to hosting Scavenge events across the country and now international locations! Three years down the track we’ve hosted over 53 events between NSW, Queensland and Victoria, where:


butts saved from washing into the ocean


of pre-loved stuff diverted from landfill


of litter picked-up from our waterways


businesses have taken the plastic-free pledge to avoid at least one single-use item


legends who’ve helped us out


communities we’ve hosted a Scavenge

On average In a single Scavenge…

We inspire 108 people to pick up 208 kgs of litter and 3,248 cigarette butts. We also redistribute 156 kg of pre-loved goods.

Each event hosts three local community groups and supports three businesses to take the plastic-free pledge along with five businesses to sponsor the event.

And this doesn’t even take into account the benefits for marine flora and fauna by removing litter from their marine environment.

We’re committed to working with local groups to spread the message to be conscious consumers in the supermarket, online, at the market and anywhere you get your wallet out.

If all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do
— Heidi Taylor, Founder of Tangaroa Blue

All the litter separated and catalogued at a Scavenge is submitted into the Australian Marine Debris Database (AMDI) which is managed by Tangaroa Blue. The data is open for use of by anyone from government, schools, community groups and more to identify trends in litter and with the intention of tackling the problem at the source. As of the March 2018, the AMDI hit a record 10 million items contributed by over 100,000 volunteers across the country over the past 13 years!