Litter Rating Methodology

A Litter Rating Index (LRI) was introduced into the Territory Tidy Towns program by KABC(NT) in 2010 to assist with identifying priority communities in need of KABC(NT) services. It is also used to monitor community ground litter trends and could demonstrate continuous improvement (litter).

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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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