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Tasmania's Litter Tracked in National Index

The Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index has found the amount of litter in Tasmania had reduced from the last financial year.

However, the long term trend shows there is more work to be done.

The Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index provides insight into trends in what litter is found where, and in what quantity and volume.
The report found cigarette butts are the most commonly littered items across the nation, followed by paper, paperboard and plastic.

In Tasmania, cigarette butts were the most frequently identified item across all surveyed sites, making up 58 per cent of litter, followed by plastic items, paper products and metal. The State’s industrial sites also remain among the most littered in the country.

These findings are largely supported by the data reported by the public to the new Litter Hotline. A high percentage of littering offences reported under Tasmania’s new litter laws are in relation to the littering of cigarette butts from motoring vehicles.

Introduced in January this year, the Litter Hotline has seen 64 infringement notices and 85 warning notices issued for littering offences up until June 30.

Members of the public can report a littering offence via the litter hotline number on 1300 135 513 or by visiting www.environment.tas.gov.au/litter to report littering online.

The State Government, together with local councils, industry and community groups, is taking action addressing the littering problem in Tasmania.

Litter reduction depends not only on litter enforcement but also on litter education, and there are plenty of simple actions Tasmanians can do to minimise our impact on the environment and deal responsibly with the waste we create.

The litter page on the Environment Division’s website is a source of information for such personal action. There is also a number of litter prevention and reduction programs that individuals can get involved with to reduce littering in our state, including Keep Australia Beautiful’s programs such as the Tidy Towns initiative, Sustainable Cities and the Clean Beaches Award.

Full details of the National Litter Index can be found at: