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....
Why People Litter?
If we can understand why people litter we can help stop the litter problem.
The reasons people might litter include:
- Laziness. More than half of all littering occurs within five meters of a garbage can or bin
- Deliberate action. Often litter is not simply left behind, but placed carefully in chosen locations
- Poor design and location of garbage cans
- Insufficient rubbish bins
- Habit and forgetfulness
- Unavailability of ashtrays
Wedgers, undertakers and foulshooters
Have you ever seen these litterers in a public place near you?
- Wedgers: Litterers that stuff or wedge their litter in small places, such as a gap between seats, so it will not be seen.
- Undertakers: Litterers that cover or bury their litter under soil, sand or leaves.
- Foulshooters: People who throw rubbish to the rubbish bin can, miss and leave the rubbish on the ground.