New Zealand’s litter revealed in New National Survey
The Packaging Forum has today released “The National Litter Survey”, which is the first national study looking at New Zealander’s litter in over a decade.
19 May 2015
The development of the methodology and the survey have been carried out by specialist waste consultancy Waste Not Consulting Ltd.
The survey was commissioned by the Packaging Forum’s Public Place Recycling Scheme in order to establish a national litter index.
Lyn Mayes, Manager of the Public Place Recycling Scheme, said: “One of our Key Performance Indicators is to target a reduction in the amount of packaging litter by 10% by 2020 but first we required an independent study into the current situation in New Zealand. This study, by Waste Not Consulting, provides us for the first time with national data about packaging litter but will also be a useful reference point for non-packaging organisations.”
The National Litter Survey litter field count involved the counting and classifying of loose litter, in situ, at 300 transects in eight urban areas – Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Taupo, and Wellington. These eight urban areas include 52% of the population of New Zealand.