The results of the National Litter Index are in.


  • There was a 34.5% decline in litter counted in 2017/18.
  • Less litter observed across all site types in 2017/18.
  • The overall lower litter observed was mainly attributed to the drop in cigarette related litter, takeaway packaging litter, beverage containers, other general litter and other paper litter.
  • There was also 7.2% decrease in litter volume (excludes illegal dumping) in NT in 2017/18 compared to 2016/17
  • While the overall fall in the volume of litter was mainly attributed to lower volumes of takeaway packaging and beverage containers in the litter stream.
  • Retail and industrial precincts have by the highest litter loads
  • The most significant change in volumetric terms was a decline in litter volume of beveragecontainers at beaches in 2017/18

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