During the Dry Season, rubbish tends to pile up, as many Territorians set out to enjoy the outdoors. Takeaway containers and beverage packages are the primary litter source found in most recreational areas.
Plastic bottles are among the 10 most common rubbish items picked up on Cleanup Australia Day. Around 373 million plastic water bottles end up as waste each year.
So if you see any rubbish that’s been left behind, help us Keep Australia Beautiful and #dotherightthing by disposing of it correctly!
Takeaway containers and beverage packages are the primary litter source found in most recreational areas.
“Whether highway driving, visiting parklands, heading to the beach or enjoying a public space these holidays, we are reminding all Australians that we all have a responsibility to reduce and manage our litter to achieve a litter-free and sustainable environment,” said KABCNT Chief Executive Officer, Heimo Schober.
Cigarette butts are the most common littered item across Australia (and also on Earth), so do the right thing and bin your butts!
Cigarette butts are small and often go unnoticed, but this tiny piece of waste has lasting effects on our environment. They’re mainly made of cellulose acetate – a man made plastic that can take up to 10 years to break down! Plus, the plastic contains tons of toxic chemicals that leak into the environment and threaten our wildlife.
“It is about prevention, rather than cleaning up, and about creating an emotional connection for everyday Australians. We want to influence change in littering behaviour.”
Check out our short video below:
KAB’s 2019/20 National Litter Index – a biannual litter survey across 983 undisclosed national sites – counted over 56,000 pieces of litter, with cigarette butts and packaging accounting for 40%, and takeaway packaging making up 16% of the total.
Read more about the Litter Index here