Australian States and Territories stopped using the NLI to measure litter in 2020 and developed the Australian Litter Measure (ALM). The ALM is a methodology for measuring litter in different land-use, such as residential, retail, recreational parks or beaches.
Like the Key Littered Items Study (KLIS), it uses regular sample counts of litter over time to establish trends and composition of litter in the environment. Unlike the KLIS, it counts litter on the land.
A national litter count is being developed and in NSW the ALM data will be used with KLIS to develop our understanding of what happens to litter as it flows from land to sea. Following successful trials in early 2021, the first count in NSW using the ALM is planned for November 2021, followed by regular 6-monthly counts.