Local litter check goes digital

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has made litter prevention a little easier, moving its flagship Local Litter Check tool online.

The easy-to-use Local Litter Check is a free tool for people in the community, councils and other land managers. The tool helps understand and design solutions for local litter problems.

The Check is a series of steps that guide users to gather evidence about site characteristics and litter behaviour in a local litter hotspot, such as a park, beach or bus stop. Using Salesforce software, users do a physical count of how much litter is in the area, enter the information and a data aggregator then helps them to determine what action should be taken to tackle the local litter problem.

EPA Litter Prevention Unit Head Rupert Saville said the digital move would help more community members join the battle against litter.

“Making a litter prevention tool paperless - it’s a perfect match,” Mr Saville said.

“The format may have changed but the tool stays the same – a physical count of litter, together with a site assessment and community surveys are still the best ways to gather evidence to understand and solve a local litter problem. 

“Our system now consolidates this data in the one place to help us know what’s happening with litter across NSW.

“It will enable even more corners of the community to prevent litter and work towards the Premier’s Priority of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.”

To use the Local Litter Check online tool you need to be a registered user and logged in. The online version is easy to use and provides quick and accurate data for before-and-after analyses and is compatible with desktop and mobile devices. The paper form will remain available as a backup.

The Local Litter Check has been a key part of the EPA’s litter grant program for five years, enabling grant recipients to detail their specific litter problem and track the effectiveness of their intervention program. 

You can find out more about how the EPA litter check tool works.