Litter Facts

  1. What is Litter?
  2. Why do People Litter?
  3. Harmful Effects of Litter
  4. What can I do?
What is Litter?
Litter is simply trash that is put in the wrong place. Trash belongs in the garbage can, in a recycling bin, a reuse facility, at a landfill, or at a waste-to-energy plant. Litter can end up on the ground, on roads and highways, in trees, in neighborhoods, blowing in the air, or in waterways. 

The Most Commonly Littered Items
The most littered items in the world are cigarette related in the form of cigarette butts, matches, packaging, etc. Other forms of litter include:
  • Aluminum cans
  • Fast food packaging
  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic bags
close up of litter.jpgThe 7 Major Sources of Litter
  • Pedestrians
  • Motorists
  • Uncovered truck beds
  • Household trash collection areas
  • Business trash collection areas
  • Business and industrial loading docks
  • Construction and demolition sites
The Life Expectancy of Litter
 Littered Item Number of Years to Decompose
 Cigarette butts 5 - 30 years
 Styrofoam, glass, and car tires Over 1 million years
 Banana peels, apple cores, other food items Up to 5 weeks
 Aluminum cans 200 - 500 years
 Plastic bags Up to 600 years
woman picking up litter.jpgLitter can be Controlled
All of us can take responsibility to educate people, especially our family and friends, about the awful effects of littering. Hopefully, they will make more of an effort to always put their trash in the correct place, and will help spread the word to others about litter prevention. Our example is the best way to educate others, so first and foremost - don't litter!

Schedule a litter cleanup!
Visit the community cleanup registration page or sign up for one of our annual cleanup events.
woman picking up litter.jpgLitter can be Controlled
All of us can take responsibility to educate people, especially our family and friends, about the awful effects of littering. Hopefully, they will make more of an effort to always put their trash in the correct place, and will help spread the word to others about litter prevention. Our example is the best way to educate others, so first and foremost - don't litter!

Schedule a litter cleanup!
Visit the community cleanup registration page or sign up for one of our annual cleanup events.
woman picking up litter.jpgLitter can be Controlled
All of us can take responsibility to educate people, especially our family and friends, about the awful effects of littering. Hopefully, they will make more of an effort to always put their trash in the correct place, and will help spread the word to others about litter prevention. Our example is the best way to educate others, so first and foremost - don't litter!

Schedule a litter cleanup!
Visit the community cleanup registration page or sign up for one of our annual cleanup events.