Highways the top spot for litter, including butts

GLADSTONE motorists have been urged to clean up their acts after statistics revealed highways have become the number one spot for litter in the state.

According to Keep Australia Beautiful data, of the 17,044 items of rubbish collected in Queensland during November last year as part of the National Litter Index interim results, 39.7% was picked up from highways across the state.

More concerning is the warnings about dropping cigarette butts that seem to be going unheard, with just under 8000 butts collected in Queensland.

The butts make up 46.6% of the total litter removed from the state during the National Litter Index collection.

Numbers will be finalised after the next collection in May.

Keep Australia Beautiful chief executive officer Peter McLean said it was a timely reminder more needed to be done to tidy up Queensland.

"Smokers just aren't getting the message to not throw cigarette butts on the ground," he said.

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