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Paper – Fast Food Beverages – 25
Paper -Fast Food Containers – 57
Plastic – Beverage Containers – 207
Plastic – Fast Food – 101
Glass – Beverage Alcoholic – 134
Metal – Cans Alcoholic – 41 Littering According to Greenpeace 100,000 animals
are killed each year. Why? Because of litter.
Also think about the 1 million sea birds that are killed every year because of litter.
Birds wind up looking like this : About 85% of littering is the result of individual attitudes.
About 15% of litter is dependent on litter that is already there.
On average, the distance from litter to the nearest receptacle is 29 feet.
Individuals under the age of 30 (high schoolers and college students) are the most likely to litter. It isn't just throwing
stuff away Food for thought about litter: The Facts About Litter: Litter is expensive.
The average cost of litter clean up is $11.5 Billion Dollars Type of Cleaners - Dollars in Millions
States - $363
Counties - $185
Municipalities - $797
Businesses - $9,128
Educational - $240
NGOs - $769
TOTAL: $11,482 Over 51 Billion pieces of litter appear on US roadways each year. That means that for every mile of roadway there is 6,729 pieces of litter.
The UN suggests that every square mile of ocean around the world has 46,000 pieces of plastic in it. The Root of the Problem: Of the 3,040 total plastic items collected 1335 items were Beverage containers, 734 were other food items, and 328 were fast food items.
Of the 1,326 total paper items that were collected 393 were cigarette cartons, 219 fast food beverages, and 320 were fast food containers.
Of the 802 total glass items that were collect 642 were alcohol beverage containers.
Of the 372 total metal items that were collected 191 were alcohol beverage cans.
Of the 458 polystyrene items collected 337 were beverage containers and 64 were food containers. So what does this mean for Alabama? Just think, if litter is this bad just in Alabama, what is it like in other states such as New York or California?
Not only are their shocking numbers involved, but there are shocking effects of litter. Its not just trash on the side of the road. Yes. Once balloons burst animals mistake them for food and choke.. And turtles look like this: Top Three Reasons for Littering: 1) Choice. Believe it or not some people do make and active choice to litter.
2) Litter means more litter. If there is already litter around people are more likely to create more litter.
3) They believe it isn't their job. Some people believe that there is a magical fairy maid that will clean up after them.
FALSE. There is no magic. The litter stays there. So What Can We Do? Know what is and isn't recyclable.
What is Recyclable:
1) Aresol Cans
2) Aluminum cans and foil
3) Paper (copy paper, sticky notes, cardboard etc.)
4)Plastic Bottles (numbers 1-7)
What isn't recyclable:
1) Wax coated paper
3) Tissue or paper towels
4) Plastic Film Litter Humor Anyone? Bottom Line? Be smart. Littering has consequences.
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“List of Recyclables.” Blink. 29 May 2012. UC San Diego. 22 April 2013. <http://blink.ucsd.edu/facilities/services/green/recycling/list.html>.
Jefferson County Department of Health Community Assessment Division. 2011 Jefferson County Litter Report. Birmingham: Jefferson County Department of Health, n.d. Print.
“Littering.”YouTube. YouTube., 2 February 2013. Web. 24 April 2013