Dangers of Littering Essay

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It may seem harmless and innocent, but littering is an unhealthy habit people of all ages in each country do every day. Littering is a second nature to some people; after doing it for so long and often, they do not realize they do it. As more and more people continue to litter, environments, animals, and humans are being harmed by people’s carless actions. Americans, as well as all humans, need to be more aware of how hazardous and costly littering is to the world and the creatures living in it. Littering shows lack of respect for the world, and needs to be prevented in order for future generations to live in a clean and healthy environment.
Littering is the act of disposing of trash and unwanted materials improperly. The effects of
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Orange and banana peels have the potential to last up to five to six weeks when disposed of on land (“Litter Facts”, 15). Other objects which are considered as litter are glass bottles, plastic bottles and bags, paper, tobacco products, and food wrappers (“Litter Prevention”, 14 & 17). Anything on the ground or in the water which is not naturally there is considered as litter.
People litter in a number of areas across the Earth on land and water. The most popular areas for people to litter are roadways, transition points (entrances to businesses/buildings), loading docks, recreational areas, and construction sites (“Litter Prevention”, 13). Roadways are the most popular locations for litter, with 52% of motorists and 22.8% of pedestrians disposing of their trash along roads as they drive, walk, or bike (“Litter Prevention”, 15). United States roads and highways are littered with over 51 billion pieces of garbage each year, which equals about 6,729 items of trash per mile (“Litter Prevention”, 3). Transition points are the second most popular location for litter to build up. Wrappers and food make up 53.7% of the litter in these areas, and tobacco products make up 29.8% (“Litter Prevention”, 17). Before people enter businesses they choose to throw their trash on the ground instead of in the provided waste can, or the waste can is too full to hold trash, resulting in overflowing waste cans. Loading docks, recreational areas,…