Effects of littering

  • Litter costs money. Removing litter from the environment costs everyone money.
  • Litter is a threat to public health. Litter attracts vermin and is a breeding ground for bacteria. Items such as broken glass and syringes can be a health hazard in public places.
  • Litter can be a fire hazard. Accumulated litter and careless discarded cigarette butts are potential fire hazards.
  • Litter looks bad. Litter negatively affects the image of places, especially the appearance of communities.
  • Litter attracts litter. Litter sends out a message that people do not care about their area and that it is acceptable to litter.
  • Litter harms animals. Animals can mistake plastic trash as food and eat them, possibly causing them to choke and die. Animals can also get stuck in litter and unable to move.
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