Roadside litter is a serious issue with a significant impact on amenity, health, community wellbeing and the environment. It is also expensive, with councils spending $1.7 million in 2007-2008 on this alone. Adding illegal dumping management to this figure, the cost was $4.6 million.
Roadside litter gathers in gullies, nature strips and bushland, lining our roads, getting caught in trees, shrubbery and fencing, and can remain there for some time if not regularly cleaned. Plastic bags, fast food litter and beverage containers are the most visible forms of roadside litter.
Organic litter such as food scraps attract animals to the roadside, increasing the potential for injury and fatalities.
Roadside litter can be difficult to remove, and safety issues may be a concern when cleaning happens in the vicinity of traffic.
This Toolkit will give readers a snapshot of the circumstances that cause it, and how to tackle it. It should be read in conjunction with the Litter Prevention Program Kit, which provides an overview for all litter prevention programs.