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.
Why People Litter.
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.
Dumpsters used by businesses.
Construction and demolition sites.
Trucks with uncovered loads.
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.
What Can I Do?.
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 material be removed. Volunteer to help organize a cleanup of the area.