Number of litter items for different site types

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Key finding

The average number of litter items is higher in Queensland than Australia across all site types particularly shopping centres, retail strips and highways. Average litter items at shopping centres and highway sites in Queensland have increased in recent surveys, in contrast to the general decline in the number of litter items.

The National Litter Index provides estimates of litter across eight site types:

  • beaches (jetties, boat ramps, beaches)
  • car parks (open space public car parks)
  • highways (major roads bounded by vegetation)
  • industrial sites (streets within an industrial area)
  • recreational parks (parks with a playground)
  • residential sites (streets within a residential area)
  • retail strips (areas in front of a strip of shops)
  • shopping centres (shopping centre entrances).

Shopping centres and retail strips have the highest number of litter items at both Queensland and Australian sites, while recreational parks and residential sites have relatively low numbers of litter.

The average number of litter items at residential sites in Queensland has improved faster than the Australian average since 2005.

Highway and shopping centre sites in Queensland have more litter despite a decline at similar sites elsewhere in Australia.

More litter is found in car parks and industrial sites in Queensland too.

There may be scope for improvements in Queensland at shopping centres, highways, car parks and industrial areas.

More information:

Indicator: Comparison between Queensland and national average for different site types

Count of litter items per 1000m2 by site type for Queensland and Australia, 2005-2006 to 2013-2014 (data from the National Litter Index).

Download data from Queensland Government data