Working alongside Stats NZ, Department of Conservation and Ministry of Environment this is the second time the nationwide audit has been conducted.
The report found that Canterbury has over double the amount of litter per square metre since 2019.
CEO of KNZB Heather Saunderson found the results surprising and alarming.
“Despite the efforts of tidy Kiwis nationwide, the audit results really speak to the fiction of New Zealand's clean green image and illustrate the need for government, industry and Kiwis to take immediate action.”
Backed with a $1.3 million contract from the Government, Keep New Zealand Beautiful has begun several research streams into Aotearoa’s waste and are planning a behaviour change campaign to be launched later this year.
Saunderson believes no amount of funding will fix the problem until people change their behaviour.
“No single agency has the resources to stop this littering entirely, it’s a collective effort - everyone has to do the right thing.”