- According to Wikipedia, cleaning up litter
in the U.S. costs hundreds of dollars per ton, about ten times more than the cost of trash disposal, for a cost
totaling about $11 billion per year. That's money which could have gone to building wind turbines, or planting trees
- The several trillion toxic cigarette butts littered worldwide annually are responsible for fatal fires and the
deaths of numerous mammals, birds and reptiles who eat them.
- Litter reduces property value, because it sends a message that people don't take pride in their community.
- In Georgia it costs $90 million annually to throw away 2.6 million tons of cans, bottles and newspapers that are
collected and moved to Georgia landfills. Those items would have an estimated market value of $300 million if they
- According to the U.N. Environment Programme, plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every
year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals. Syringes, cigarette lighters and toothbrushes have been found inside
the stomachs of dead seabirds, which mistake them for food.
- Twenty years ago Burger King did a study which determined that $1 million of unopened ketchups got thrown out each
year. Imagine the savings if restaurant
goers everywhere only took what they needed.
- Finally, littering is symptomatic of apathy, the root of virtually all problems. So, by stigmatizing littering,
you don't merely mitigate the aforementioned problems.
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