Slimy surfaces, no-swim orders, and foul smells often plague Canberra’s
lakes. We’re on a mission to change that.

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Get Informed

Learn more about the scientific research behind The Leaf Collective.

Read why and how we can stop Canberra’s algal blooms together.

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The path to preventing toxic blue-green algal blooms

During our long hot summer days, one of our favourite things to do is enjoy the water. We can’t do this when our lakes are closed.

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What the ACT Government are doing to improve water quality

Find out what the ACT Government are doing to improve water quality in Lake Tuggeranong and its surroundings.

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Building programs people value

Learn more about how Social Marketing @ Griffith build initiatives such as The Leaf Collective.

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Autumn Leaves: Valuable resources, not a nuisance!

Learn how leaves left to go down drains contribute to blue-green algal blooms in Canberra waterways and the solutions available that can be implemented to get the true value back from leaves.

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The life of a Canberra leaf

Hero or villain? Have you stopped to consider that leaves are litter and when left to their own devices leaves may not be the hero we thought them to be?

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Get Involved

Here’s how you can take action today.

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Use your green bin

Leaves, weeds, grass clippings, cuttings, trimmings, twigs and sticks.

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Compost your leaves

Help improve your soil structure and keep its pH balance in check.

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Store your leaves

Compost can be a garden feature that feeds the garden as it breaks down.

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Drop off your leaves

Drop your leaves off to a host of ACT Leaf Donation points.

Adopt a tree or drain

Collect leaves that fall from the tree or end up near your drain.

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Track your leaves

Simply enter how much leaf litter you collected and what you did with it.

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Follow @theleafcollectiveACT

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The Leaf Collective is contributing to the prevention of algal blooms in Canberra’s waterways. Since launching the pilot program in 2021 more than 345,000L of leaves have been diverted from storm water drains.