Queensland, home of the dirtiest roads in Australia

MORE rubbish was thrown onto country roadsides in Queensland than in any other state.

A survey from Keep Australia Beautiful found 13 more pieces of rubbish per 1000sq m of roadside were being thrown out of cars on Queensland roads than the state with the second dirtiest roads - Western Australia.

The survey found Queensland travellers dumped 53.2 items per 1000sq m of rural highway roadsides last year - up from 49.6 in 2013.

At the other end of the spectrum, Victorians dropped just 5.7 items per 1000sq m which KAB chief Peter McLean said was the result of long-term Victorian campaigns to clean up rural highways.

But he said Queensland's country roads had been the dirtiest for the past three years.

"Unfortunately Queensland has been disproportionately high compared to the rest of the country when it comes to roadside litter," Mr McLean said.

"It's a big state with many people reliant on its wide network of country roads which is all the more reason to take care of them."

Mr McLean said a recent dob in a litterer campaign in Queensland was a step in the right direction.

Australians throw 30.5 items of litter out of the car for every 1000sq m of rural highway roadside.

Plastics, cigarette butts, paper, and glass are the most common items found on the side of the road.

"People probably adopt an out of sight out of mind view to rural highways, compared to more high profile sites like beaches," Mr McLean said.

"But unless people make a deliberate effort, we can expect the amount of litter across the country to reach an all-time peak during the holiday period.

"The fact is that littering is public vandalism no matter where or how much is dropped. It doesn't land on the roadside by magic. It has to be deliberately and wilfully thrown from a vehicle."

- APN NEWSDESK


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