Don't get trashy over New Year's Eve
KEEP Australia Beautiful is calling on Australians to do the right thing tonight and don't be a litter bug at New Year's Eve celebrations.
With the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index paying close attention to our national tally through December, each state has the opportunity to retrieve - or trash - its reputation in Australia's waste stakes.
Keep Australia Beautiful Chairman Rob Thomas said New Year's Eve was traditionally one of Australia's biggest litter days with millions of tonnes of extra rubbish hitting the nation's streets, parks and beaches.
"We expect the amount of litter across the country will reach an all time peak this week with the main culprits being cigarette butts, empty food containers and water bottles," Mr Thomas said.
"We all have to take personal responsibility for our behaviour. This time of the year isn't a 'License to Litter'.
"Let's work together to make sure all that glitters is not litter this New Year's Eve.
"Think twice before you leave your party blowers and food scraps on the beach. Littering is a deliberate wilful act. It's another form of vandalism."
The increase in litter is attributable to a surge of outdoor activities and the predictable increase in rubbish which comes with the holidays, especially New Year's Eve.
Mr Thomas said now was the perfect time for Australians to make the extra effort to clean up.
According to the most recent Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index based on items per 1,000 square metres, Victoria is the tidiest when it comes to litter. Queensland is currently the second worst, marginally in front of Tasmania in last place.
The national average is 56 items and below is a list of how the states ranked in the 2012/2013 Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index:
1. Victoria - 30 items
2. Northern Territory - 51 items
3. ACT - 55 items
4. South Australia - 53 items
5. New South Wales - 61 items
6. Western Australia - 63 items
7. Queensland - 68 items
8. Tasmania - 83 items