The AusLM provides a transparent, consistent, and simple approach to measuring the extent of litter in the environment.
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Understanding the extent of litter and littering across Australia is important for developing policies and programs to address litter.
Policy makers and organisations or individuals that prevent, manage or clean-up litter need to know what the impact of existing policies and programs in order to understand what is working and what’s not and, therefore, to refine and adjust their approaches.
Sustainability Victoria, NSW EPA and the QLD Government have developed the Australian Litter Measure (AusLM) – a new methodology for measuring litter.
The AusLM provides a transparent, consistent, and simple approach to measuring the extent of litter in the environment. It is designed to be used in official litter monitoring programs but can also be used by groups such as local governments or citizen scientists who want to better understand the extent of litter at sites of interest to them.
These documents outline the methodology and how to use AusLM.
The AusLM Specification is the key document that outlines the requirements that guided the development of AusLM. The Specification has 2 main components:
The AusLM Field Manual is your step-by-step guide to implementing the AusLM. Your role as a surveyor will involve traveling to specific locations where you will count and categorise litter items you find within specific sites.
AusLM uses 3 paper forms to collect data about the sites, transects and the number of litter items that are counted:
Electronic versions of these forms are being piloted to achieve greater efficiency.
Two additional documents collate useful AusLM checklists and resources that are convenient to print and will support your team to conduct litter audits.
A template for users to store specific site and transection location information.
The AusLM Prototype Report presents a high-level summary of the pilot data. Alongside these results, we outline a range of key considerations and opportunities to keep in mind when analysing and interpreting the AusLM data in the future.
The AusLM Training Facilitator's Guide is a session plan that covers one day of AusLM training, which includes one small outdoor practice activity. The guide also includes one day of practice field work in an outdoor setting to apply knowledge and skills learnt from Day 1.
The Training Slides and Training Activity Cards are to assist you with delivering AusLM training, as outlined in the guide.
The evaluation processes documented in the AusLM Evaluation Framework serve a number of purposes: