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Why it Matters

Rubbish isn't just unsightly. It has dire consequences to animals, the environment, and even to your health.

Animals

When you leave rubbish behind, it doesn’t disappear. Often animals mistake it for food and this has a huge impact on their survival.

1/41

casualty crashes on country roads involves a vehicle hitting an animal.48

Throwing food from your car could be the reason an animal is drawn to the road.
Only

1/1000

sea turtles will reach adulthood.46
Turtle with plastic bag
If a turtle eats just one piece of plastic, it will have a

1/5

chance of dying.47

By

2050

it’s projected that the weight of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish.49

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Now

2030

2040

2050

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165 million tonnes of plastic
825 million tonnes of fish
Animals looking for food can get

trapped or caught

in cans or glass containers which can cause serious injury.
Seagull caught in 6 pack holder

100,000

mammals die every year as a result of plastic pollution.19

Environment

Whether it’s your local park or your favourite beach, chances are some of your most loved spots are impacted by littering.

Cigarettes can start fires

Lit cigarettes can start grass fires on the side of the road. Grass fires progress quite quickly and can pose a danger to property.77

95%

of the litter on beaches comes from suburban streets.52

It travels down the street drains and through the stormwater. 4

Learn more about where litter goes

The Great Barrier Reef has lost

half

of its coral in the last

25 years51

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More than 80%

of marine debris found in the

Reef is plastic, which can

smother coral, entangle wildlife

or be ingested by animals.50

Plastic increases disease in coral

The likelihood of disease increases from 4% to 89% when corals are in contact with plastic.53
Plastic debris at Cape York

Plastics scratch coral letting infection in

Bacteria and other harmful microorganisms are abundant in the water and on corals. When coral is abraded, that might invite pathogens into the coral.54
Plastic debris at Cape York

Plastic can block sunlight from reaching coral

If plastic debris blocks sunlight, it could lead to low-oxygen conditions that promote the growth of disease-causing bacteria.55
Plastic in the water at Christmas Island

Health

See how litter in the environment can impact you and your family's mental and physical health.

Microplastics

are found in our food, drinking water, and even the air we breathe.

You could be consuming the equivalent of a

credit card

worth of plastic

each week.

See how much you’re consuming

If you drink bottled water, you’re consuming on average 90,000 microplastic particles a year, compared to tap water drinkers who consume 4,000 microplastic particles a year.56

Over 20%

of Australian beach goers surveyed had injuries caused by

marine debris.57

Foot stepping on glass at the beach

Injuries from beach litter

can lead to serious injuries

and long-term

hepatitis or tetanus

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