Litter research

To provide leadership, the EPA studies why people litter and how to best prevent it. Regular research and monitoring help the EPA ensure NSW's litter laws and prevention strategies are working well, to better protect the community and the environment.

New South Wales litter results for 2015-16

The EPA uses the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index data to report and track progress toward the Premier's Priority to reduce the volume of litter in NSW by 40% by 2020.

The report provides both NSW and national litter results. This information helps the EPA to understand littering in NSW and develop programs and policies to tackle the problem.

In 2015-16, the report showed that NSW reduced the volume of litter by 12% and its litter count (number of litter items) by 4%. These results show that total litter volume has dropped by 19% since the base year (2013-14).

EPA Litter Prevention Kit

The EPA's litter prevention kits summarise research about littering, the behaviour behind it, and the steps you need to take to tackle littering.

Lessons from the Litter-ature — report

The Lessons from the Litter-ature (PDF 2.2MB) report summarises the findings of litter research published between 2000 and 2007, including

  • academic publications
  • market research
  • litter education campaign analysis
  • other sources

NSW litter reports by the EPA

Every two years the EPA reports on the composition and quantity of litter types in sites where significant littering takes place, as required under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) section 146D.

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