Performance overview

Girl with don't be a litter bug printed on her T-shirt

The general downward trend in litter counted in Western Australia through the National Litter Index since 2010–11 continued into 2018-19.

The 2018-19 litter count recorded a decrease of 7.5 per cent in items of litter per 1,000m2 and 15.7 per cent volume from 2017-18. A fall in cigarette litter (-17.0 per cent) was the main contributor to the  decrease in litter counted, as well as decreases associated with other paper (-7.1 per cent) and general other litter (-6.7 per cent).

There were also decreases in litter associated with plastic bags (-29.9 per cent) and other glass (-18.8 per cent). Litter increased however across plastic litter items (+4.0 per cent) and takeaway packaging (+2.2 per cent).

National Litter Index results in WA

Items per 1,000m2
14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 18-19
Actual Actual Actual Actual Target Actual
50 51 39 40 38 37
Volume L/1,000m2
14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 18-19
Actual Actual Actual Actual Target Actual
9.58 10.38 7 6.3 6.50 5.31