Litter just doesnâ€™t appearâ€”it is the result of careless attitudes and improper waste handling. Is there anything you can do? Knowing more about litter and where it comes from is a good place to start.
Research by Keep America Beautiful, Inc., has found that people litter because:
â€¢ They feel no sense of ownership, even though areas such as parks and beaches are public property.
â€¢ They believe someone elseâ€”a park maintenance or highway workerâ€” will pick up after them.
â€¢ Litter already has accumulated.
Motorists and pedestrians are often blamed for litter. There are actually seven primary sources:
Household trash handling and its placement at the curb for collection.
Litter is blown about by wind and traffic or carried by water. It moves until trapped by a curb, building or fence. Once litter has accumulated, it invites people to thoughtlessly add more.
â€¢ Set an example for others, especially children, by NOT littering.
â€¢ Carry a litterbag in your car.
â€¢ Make sure trash cans have lids that can be securely fastened. If you have curbside trash collection, donâ€™t put out loose trash in boxes.
Tie papers in a bundle before placing them in a curbside recycling bin.
If you own a business, check dumpsters daily to see that top and side doors are closed.
â€¢ If you or a member of your family is involved in a civic group, scouting, or recreational sports program, encourage the group to â€œadoptâ€ a spot in your town or neighborhood and maintain it on a regular basis.
Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage and debris to your local highway, public works, sanitation or conservation office, and ask that the mate