REGIONAL centres such as the Coffs Coast are the most polluted areas in the State, according to a new report.
In the lead up to their annual event, Clean Up Australia has released a report showing that illegal dumpers are adding weight to the waste found in regional areas, with an average of 280 items of rubbish found per site.
The report found that the most polluted areas were outdoor transport areas such as bus stops and railway stations, with roadways a close second and beaches the third most polluted.
Clean Up Australia chairman, Ian Kiernan, has urged regional centres to be alert for illegal dumpers.
“Volunteers are reporting increasing incidences of domestic and construction rubbish dumping,” Mr Kiernan said.
“No-one likes to see rubbish lying around and damaging our beautiful natural environment, and while it's easy to ignore hidden sites, there is no excuse along transport areas and roadways.”
Mr Kiernan said significantly more rubbish such as plastic bottles, cans and chip packets were found in outdoor transport areas than any other location last year.
Clean Up Australia Day will be held on March 1, go to www.cleanup.org.au to register or find a site.