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Impacts of Litter on the Enviorment

Niccole Williams

Niccole Williams

on 13 February 2016

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Transcript of Impacts of Litter on the Enviorment

Create An Environmental Super Hero
photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Effects of Littering on our Environment

Affects on the quality of life
Garbage that is not properly disposed of is harmful to wildlife and water resources
Litter can leak toxins and chemicals into our environment through the water system
Garbage clutters and deteriorate the natural beauty of our environment when people do not properly dispose of their wastes
We have to figure out current garbage issues so that future generations do not have to worry about the deteriorating state of our environment
Litter effects community health and relations
Laws Of Litter
ALL 50 states have littering laws or penalties in place.
However, some states laws are more extensive than others.
Kentucky Laws: Ky. Rev. Stat. §512.070
Littering is classified as a Class A misdemeanor
You can receive a fine up to $500 or up to one year in jail.
Sometimes as a punishment for other crimes people are forced to do community service that involves picking up trash.
Social Impact

Why Do People Litter?
People think that some items are not litter like cigarettes.
Most people are not willing to look for a trash can.
Lack of social pressure to do the right thing.
Laziness, the garbage can is "too far" away
The area is already messy, why bother finding a trash can?
People don’t realize that with littering, there do come consequences

Solutions for improving the quality of life
Some solutions that have worked in anti-litter campaigns worldwide to improve the quality of life:
Having more waste, recycling, and compost disposal bins available in the public. (Reconstituting social life)
More advertising to educate the public
Petitions signing for urban areas to decrease their environmental impact.
More (intense) littering fines.
Community involvement.
A small act like littering can have larger economic and social impacts on many aspects of our environment and our lives. By promoting cultural change and using sociological knowledge we have the ability to improve the quality of life and the world around us. In order to have successful, healthy, strong communities we need to implement change therefore, allowing future generations to thrive.

Government of Saskatchewan- Publications Centre, British Columbia- Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations, Pitch-In Canada, Litter Reduction Taskforce- The Only Cure for Litter is YOU!, Gazetacodzienna.pl, cdn.blogs.fredericksburg.com, Litter Heroes: McDonald's Litter, Fresh From Jeru>> Litter, Carl Mason Liebenberg- Elements of Wellness, KIMO (Kommunenes Internasjonate Miljøorganisasjon), YouTube, Excuse My Logic, Alberta- Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, BRA (Bluewater Recycling Association)- Landfills, and Kofifi Thusano- Waste Management.
By: Niccole Williams and Emma Anderson
Environmental issues go hand in hand with political and economic decision making. The particular issue that we will be focusing on is the increasing amount of litter in our communities and how it hinders their economic and social growth. We will discuss how this problem affects our quality of life, why people litter, laws of litter and solutions.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began the Adopt-A-Highway Program in 1988 to raise environmental awareness and discourage littering. Today, more than 1,600 groups participate in Kentucky’s program, cleaning approximately 6,600 miles annually.

Who Litters?

The single most common litter item in the United States is cigarette butts. Cigarette butts make up half of the litter.
Did You Know?
Many beaches around our planet are filled with litter that travel into the water
This anti-litter video is a creative and funny representation on why you should not litter. By littering you not only hurt the environment but also yourself.
Toxic wastes from landfills like this could leak into our drinking water.
Chart showing the percentage of different types of waste across Kentucky
Chart showing the number of bags of litter picked up and how much it cost.
What Does Litter Do?
By artist/blogger: Jeru
Or else... something like this would happen in the future...
A cartoon on landfills
by artists of Kofifif Thusano (Pty) Ltd.
What is Litter?
Litter is waste products that have been disposed of improperly, without consent, at an inappropriate location.
Other common litter includes small pieces of paper ,chip and confectionery wrappers,fast-food packaging, bottle caps ,glass pieces,glass alcohol bottles, plastic straws and soft drink bottles(both plastic and metal).
Did you Know?
There is no known gender, age, or class differentiation in littering behavior .

Where Do People Litter?
People litter in national parks and urban areas
Sometimes litter can even be around your home and local school
Special Events like sporting events
Roadways and Highways
High traffic and everyday locations like fast food restaurants

Where Does Your Litter Land?
Water Pollution
Land Pollution
Land pollution is anything that damages or contaminates the land.
Save the planet, make the change now,
we CAN make a difference!
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