GLOBAL 2000 Litterbug

Litter is not supposed to be in nature. In order to find solutions for the litter problem, citizen scientists collected data about where which type of litter can be found.

litter, environment, nature protection

The project overview

Area of Science: Social Sciences
Location: Austria
Used Devices: with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Smartphone with internet access; GLOBAL 2000 Litterbug app (available in the app store for free)
Activities of citizen scientists: observing, collecting, photographing, mapping
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Time to join in: 01.04.2019 - 05.07.2019
Expenditure of time: entry into the Litterbug app: about 1-2 minutes; collecting litter in nature, in the city or on the countryside: variable
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Project objective

Litter is not supposed to be in nature. In Austria, 62 million tons of waste accrue every year. A significant amount of it ends up in nature, like in forests and water areas. Once thrown away, litter can endanger animals, the environment and also humans through sharp edges or harmful ingredients. The existence of waste in our nature is, therefore, an issue that affects us all.

So far, there has not been any official data on littering in Austria. Since 2016, Global 2000 has researched - with the help of many dedicated citizen scientists and the Litterbug app - what kind of waste is carelessly thrown away in Austria. The app is intended to provide a data basis from which long-term solutions to the problem of littering in Austria's nature can be derived. During the research period 2019, it was the aim to evaluate if there is a difference between the littering composition in urban areas, in green nature and around water areas.

With the Global 2000 Litterbug app, litter that was found in nature was entered and marked on a map with a photo of the litter and the determined type of waste. Then, the litter was disposed of properly in order to keep nature free from waste.

What happened to the contributions of citizen scientists?

Once a year, the collected data from the Global 2000 Litterbug app is evaluated and published in a littering report. In 2019, the analysis was also focused on possible differences in littering composition in urban, green and water areas.


How are winners being determined 
One individual and two school classes with most entries will win. Double entries or incorrect data will be sorted out and not considered.  The winners will be announced at the festive ceremony on 19 November 2019. 

Non-cash prize for one individual,
cash prizes for two school classes: 
1st prize: 1,000 euros
2nd prize: 750 euros

Participating and supporting institutions


Johannes Frauscher

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