No matter where litter starts, it moves. From streets and highways to parks and waterways. Wind and weather moves litter around a community, into the gutters, planted gardens, alleyways and parking areas.
In one study, researchers found that 18% of all littered items end up in our streams and waterways as pollution.
Other influences include changes in household and business trash collection. "Pay As You Throw" programs or infrequent pick-ups may move individuals to illegally dump household trash.
When illegal dumping occurs, days and sometimes weeks or months will pass before it gets cleaned up. In the meantime, people, animals and wildlife are naturally attracted, trash bags are opened, and the trash is distributed on the ground. Once this happens, it is easily caught by the wind and becomes ... litter!
Solutions to litter problems are not always about cleaning up, after the fact. In most cases, solutions come from thoughtful prevention.
Keep America Beautiful knows that litter is a result of some individuals paying too little attention to their actions and others carelessly handling waste. We know it takes each and everyone of us to make a difference.
Do your part ... Help us prevent litter in your community.