1. Getting started


2. Identify key stakeholders & possible support


3. Determining Costs


4. Obtaining Funding


5. Choosing Sites      


6. Obtaining Equipment (Bins & poles, locks)

The bins we used are designed to have a strong visual aspect and allows messaging on the bin itself. We have only found one manufacturer of these bins, John Vanzella (Melbourne based). He is willing to freight bins anywhere in Australia. Contact him here.

We also have our sticker designs for the bins you can use as a template (though of course yours will need to be modified to suit and we can pass on the details of our graphic designer who could do this for you). Contact us if you'd like these.

Below is our project budget outlining our costs and a contents list you will need for the cleaning kits for volunteers.

7. Bin installation

This video covers the process of installing on a vertical pole. For installation, you will need the bin and the U-bolts (2 per bin), a drill with the right bit, a pencil, a measuring tape, a spanner that fits your bolts, silicone, turpentine and a cloth. 

When looking for U-bolts, they don't need to be too thick - our are a 6mm thick (M6) Stainless steel, Grade 316. Ensure you check that the inside measurement of the bolt corresponds to the diameter of your pole.

You can get stainless steel bolts from marine shops or speciality fastening shops. We couldn't find all the sized we needed so ended up ordering ours online (from The 316 Fastening Shop, which were of good quality). 


Ensure the washer is not too small or it will put undue stress on the back of the bin. If you can get suitable U-bolts with a backing plate, this is ideal. We ended up ordering U-bolts without the plate, because as you can see in the photo taken from our supplier, the thread starts too far down the bolt and this doesn't suit at all. You may be able to find a better option. 

Our solution was just to replace the washers supplied with larger ones, which we got from a local nuts & bolts shop. 

You may also need to cut the thread of your bolt down, if the thread is too long, you will get line easily caught around it. A hacksaw with a fine bald will do the trick, and ensure to file the resulting sharp edges with a fine rasp to finish off the job. 

8. Volunteers

How to find volunteers and our volunteer system

9. Cleaning kit contents and auditing​

These videos show you how to train your volunteers, but you can also give them to your volunteers if needed (though we do recommend in person training, especially to help them estimate fishing line). 


We have also included written instructions on the process which you can edit to suit, as well as our kit contents and pricing.

10. Inputting and managing your data

Here is a walk through of the Airtable database management system we use. In the video I show you how to create the spreadsheet headers by importing a .csv file, but I am unable to upload it here. I have uploaded the .xlsx version instead - to use this, instead of choosing 'Import a CSV', just copy the headings from the .xlsx file and past them into the space provided, ensuring to tick the box 'first row is header'.

11. Media and Promotion


Tide time brochure examples

12. Reporting and evaluating