AS we celebrate this Easter long-weekend, we’re also being reminded to clean up after ourselves.
Tens of thousands of pieces of rubbish are picked up every year, with some people seeing highways in particular as a dumping ground.
Peter McLean from Keep Australia Beautiful says long-weekends can be particularly tough on the environment.
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“For some absurd reason when people are travelling in their vehicles they don’t have much respect for keeping our country beautiful,” he said.
“All you need to do is carry a container in the car for rubbish and put it all in the bin when you arrive at your destination, it’s really quite simple.”
Cigarette butts are the number one offenders, making up nearly 46 per-cent of the total amount of rubbish collected in Queensland.
Big teams across Australia counted rubbish throughout November, recording the litter they find and turning it into the National Litter Index.
Mr McClean says now the results are out, we have time to improve before the next litter collection starts in May.