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No Litter

Visualizing Introduction

Litter Bug Mania

Imagine your walking down the street and a boy two feet in front of you drops a piece of trash two maybe even one step away from a trash can. Littering is so bad that people sometimes even ignore that they have trash cans all around them. My point is that people are sometimes litter bugs and this paper might help you rethink about being a litter bug yourself.

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.

The Cost of Littering

Littering Statistics

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

Towns Suffer

Look at the pictures above. Do you want that to happen to your school or town? Most people I know don't. If this stuff stays then you will be living in a toxic waste land. Early this year my mom and I went on a walk around our neighborhood and just on our street alone we found about 7 pieces of trash logged somewhere or some were out in the open.

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.

Falling into place

What I am saying is that if you just try not to litter than your town or school will be clean. Put up a potion for your friends and family to help. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Help to STOP littering.