National Litter Index 2016

The Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index (NLI) is a national measure of the presence of litter across the country.

Litter counts are undertaken twice annually, across 983 sites nationally, to create an annual report on litter in each State and Territory that can be compared to the national average.

The 2016 NLI was 50% funded by all state governments, the ACT government and KAB Council NT, and 50% by the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC).

Now in its 11th consecutive year, the NLI provides insight regarding:

  • the presence of litter items at sites within broadly comparable regions
  • estimated volumes of litter items within the litter stream, and
  • the most significant contributors to the litter stream.

The information derived from this research is used by governments and community organisations to develop litter prevention and management policies and programs, and to create increased pride in communities across Australia.

For more information on the NLI visit

2016 Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index

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2016 National Litter Index - National Overview

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2016 National Litter Index - State and Territories - Survey Specifics

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2016 National Litter Index Infographic

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2016 National Litter Index Infographic - Text Alternative