Every day New Zealanders throw away 802,466 wheelie bins of rubbish. But not all of it really needs to be thrown out, surely something could be donated or sold to people who want or need the product....
Litter can cause harm to and create problems for people, animals and nature in the community.
Here are some of the major impacts:
Litter is a threat to public health
- Food litter can attract rats and flies, which spread disease. It is a breeding ground for disease-causing insects and rodents
Litter can be a fire hazard
- Accumulated paper litter and cigarette butts are fire hazards
Litter can harm or kill wildlife
- Cigarette butts, filters and plastic litter have been found in the stomachs of fish, birds and whales, who have mistaken them for food
Litter harms our waterways.
- About 80% of marine debris comes from land-based sources. According to UNEP, 6.4 million tons of litter winds up in the oceans per year. Animals may get trapped or poisoned with litter in their habitats
- Removing litter from the environment costs everyone money
Litter attracts litter
- Litter sends a message that people do not care for the environment and that it is acceptable to litter
Prague Post article http://www.praguepost.cz/PPEF/09SC030219.pdf, Wikipedia