Americans Admit to Littering within the last 5 years.
common litter offenders- Men between 18-34 years, Smokers
who eat at Fast Food places at least 2x per week
more than 50 miles/day
who go out for entertainment at least 1x per week
Littering is illegal.
Most people are unaware of littering fines. Most localities also have fines for
businesses or pedestrians caught littering. Many people are unaware that the
person opening a package of gum and dropping the wrapper on the sidewalk is
doing an illegal act and, if caught, could face charges. Littering is against
Litter hurts people.
Every year there are numerous vehicle accidents caused by litter. People in
these accidents are injured and sometimes even killed in their attempts to avoid
litter in the roadways. Young children fall on litter in playgrounds, get cut
and need medical attention.
Litter also harms plants and degrades natural areas.
When garbage is dumped, it can kill or stunt plant growth. Few people think
about the harm to natural areas from litter.
Litter kills or injures animals.
Many small animals crawl into bottles or jars and get stuck and slowly starve to
death. Animals get caught in plastic six pack rings, plastic bags, fishing line
and a multitude of throwaways. Birds that are stuck, canít fly away from danger.
Sometimes animals caught in six pack rings are strangled as they grow too big
for the opening. Animals get cut, infected and die. Every year, millions of
birds, fish and animals die from litter.
Litter is a problem that can be controlled.
Education is an important tool. People who are aware of the dangers of litter
often make more of an effort to always put their trash the correct place. They
also spread the word to others they see littering and teach them to dispose of
garbage the right way. Community clean ups encourage people to take pride in
their community and keep it clean. Quick removal of litter keeps it from growing
into an unmanageable dump site. People can make a difference. Litter can be
: Careless dumping of hazardous waste seeps into surrounding soil and cause
ground water pollution.
The amount of money being spent picking up litter could be used to pay teachers.