BRISBANE: The Sunshine State is fast becoming the Slovenly State.
An annual survey conducted by Keep Australia Beautiful has revealed that Queensland is again the worst in the country for trashing its rural roadsides.
The survey, released yesterday, shows Queensland motorists are throwing 47 times more litter from their cars than Victorians, who are Australian’s tidiest drivers.
Queensland travellers dumped 53.2 items per 1000 square metres of rural highways in the last 12 months, up from 49.6 the previous year.
Victorians dropped just 5.7 items per 1000 square metres, though this was up on their 2012-13 rate of 3.9 items.
KAB chief executive Peter McLean said Queensland now had had the dubious distinction of being the worst car chuckers for the past four years.
The survey showed that the most common items of litter across Australia were cigarette butts, plastics, paper and glass.
Mr McLean said the national littering rate had only improved by 1.4 per cent in the past year, proving motorists were not embracing the anti-litter message.