class persuasive writing
Litter Bug Mania
The cost of Littering
How the Cost Changes Everything
Several states, including Iowa, have started “No Litter” programs. Iowa found it cost taxpayers $13.5 million annually to clean up litter and debris. So three years ago, according to the magazine, a concerned group teamed up with Iowa law enforcement and started a campaign that has dropped those costs considerably.
When someone spots a litterbug, the offended person calls 1-800-NOLITTR and reports the offender’s license number. Then, a polite but pointed letter is sent to that driver’s address stating, “A citizen reported seeing you littering.” It points out the annual cost to taxpayers and says “we’d appreciate your cooperation.”
This program alleviates the need for personal contact and any potential confrontation between the litterer and the observer. Many Iowans, the magazine reports, now have the “No Litter” number programmed on their cellphones for fast action.
Percent of people who have admitted to littering in the past 5 years75%
Percent of all littered items that are cigarette butts50%
Total amount of litter that is dumped into the ocean every year9 billion tons
Total annual amount spent on cleaning up litter yearly$ll.5 billion
Average amount of steps a person will hold a piece of trash before they litter12 paces
Total amount of trash is generated each year in the U.S.250 million
trashed sites make everything look run down
Littering is bad for the environment
Animals. Litter. Death.
Litter can do more than look disgusting, it is harmful for our animals and may kill them. Think of a six ring pop holder in the picture to the right suffocating a little animal and killing it. It may look like it would be too small but that is half the problem they can't get out so that means that your best friend fido could be deado. Just think about it, would you want to kill an animal or throw away a piece of trash.