National Litter Index

NLI summary 2015 COVERThe Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index (NLI) is Australia’s only national, annual, quantitative measure of what litter occurs where and in what volume. Litter counts are done 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 NLI is 50% funded by all State and ACT Governments, and KAB Council NT, and 50% by the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC).  The report was re-established in 2005/2006, after receiving federal government funding to do so.

The NLI (and the Branded Litter Study) is independent, audited research carried out by Keep Australia Beautiful.

The research is both by volume and item and covers beaches, car parks, highways, shopping centres as well as other urban areas.

It is this year on year research that KAB can gauge the effectiveness of its own litter campaigns, as well as identify how to develop better partnerships with the community, government and industry to further tackle the litter issue.

NLI 2015/16 National Overview

Rubbish from National Litter Index

For reports from past years, please email