Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) National Association has published the results of its twelfth National Litter Index survey in its 2017-18 National Report, providing a more detailed separate report on the survey results for Tasmania.
The National results show a decrease of 10.3 percent (%) in the number of litter items counted in 2017-18 compared with 2016-17, continuing a longer term national trend of reducing litter levels. The most significant declines were in decreases of 16.8% for takeaway food and beverage packaging, 15.2% in other paper, 12.7% in general other litter items, 14.0% in CDL beverage containers and 6.4% in cigarette litter.
The results for Tasmania indicated a decrease of 6.4% in litter items and 6.2% in volumes of litter across most litter categories. The largest decreases were observed in cigarette litter, takeaway containers and packaging, other paper and other general litter categories.
Decreases in litter were recorded at major roads and highways, retail precincts, car parks and shopping centres, while there were increases in litter recorded at recreational parks, beaches, and residential streets.
Industrial precincts, retail shopping precincts and shopping centres had the highest numbers of litter items, driven largely by cigarette litter which remained around two thirds (68%) of the overall litter.
The national litter survey report can be found on the national Keep Australia Beautiful website at www.kab.org.au/litter-research/national-litter-index/
The litter survey report for Tasmania can be found at www.epa.tas.gov.au/Documents/Tasmanian%20NLI%202017-18.pdf
For more information about litter statistics and reports, go to www.epa.tas.gov.au/sustainability/litter-and-dumping/litter-statistics-and-reports