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According to the National Litter Index what percentage of roadside litter is made up of drink containers and takeaway food waste?

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Right choice! Almost half of litter along WA’s roadsides is made up of food and beverage waste that people carelessly throw out of their car windows. According to the National Litter Index this is 47 percent across the state, however, in roadside litter audits carried out by Keep Australia Beautiful WA, it was found to be as high as 70% in some locations.
Incorrect. The National Litter Index shows that across the state, 47% of the volume of litter along roadsides is made up of drink containers and takeaway food and beverage waste. In roadside litter audits carried out by Keep Australia Beautiful WA, it was found to be as high as 70% in some locations.

True or False?

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If a roadside bin is full, it’s okay to place your rubbish in a bag beside the bin.

True - Try again! Placing rubbish beside a full bin is littering, which is an offence. Leaving rubbish also creates a bigger problem as animals will often rip open the bags and spread the rubbish everywhere. If the bin is full, hold onto your rubbish until you can dispose of it properly.
False – Good choice! You’re right. Placing unwanted waste and items next to or on top of a full bin is illegal. It can also create more litter as animals and wind can spread these items all over the area creating and ugly and unhealthy environment. Always make sure you dispose of your rubbish properly.

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Discarded coffee cup

Paper takeaway food waste only stays in the environment for a short period of time as it biodegrades quickly.

True - Try again! It can take months for paper to decompose in the environment. Items like flavoured milk cartons, drink containers and coffee cups have a plastic lining, so they never truly decompose. They need to go in a bin!
False – Right on! Paper waste can take months to break down, especially if it’s coated. Ones that have a plastic liner, like coffee cups, never truly decompose. Products like these should always be put in a bin.

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24 billion cigarettes are sold in Australia each year. How many of these, end up as litter?

Cigarette butts on a road

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Correct! Almost one third of all butts end up as litter. If placed end to end they would extend 144,000 km and circle the planet 3.6 times! Always dispose of your butts responsibly.

True or False?

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Cigarette on dry leaves

Each year the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services attend over 700 fires ignited by discarded cigarette butts.

True Some of these are small scrub fires while others turn into larger fires. During a Total Fire Ban any person who disposes of burning tobacco, or a burning cigarette, cigar or match in circumstances that risk bush fires, including throwing it from a vehicle, could face a fine of $25,000 and/or 12 months in jail.
False Careless disposal of a cigarette butt can be very costly, attracting a fine of up to $500 for an individual.