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Impact

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

 

Sources:

http://www.greenecoservices.com/walking-green-10-harmful-effects-of-litter/

Prague Post article http://www.praguepost.cz/PPEF/09SC030219.pdf, Wikipedia

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