Pick Up Litter
TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Spend one hour today picking up litter. Or decide that every time you see a piece of litter today, you'll pick it up and throw it away.
- If you see someone littering, politely ask them to pick it up. Or pick it up yourself and maybe the person who dropped it will see you and get the hint.
- Organize a team of neighbors, friends, co-workers, or fellow church members to pick up litter in a specific neighborhood for an hour. Bring rubber gloves and garbage bags and make it more fun by turning the cleanup effort into a game/contest.
- Enjoy making a difference, getting exercise, getting to know people better, and having cleaner surroundings.
- 250 million tons of trash is generated each year in the U.S.
- 4.6 pounds of waste is created every day by the average person.
- Common litter includes cigarette butts, plastic bags, paper, candy wrappers, fast-food packaging, bottle caps, 6-pack can holders, glass bottles, and plastic straws.
- Men and women are equally likely to litter.
- People under age 15 are least likely to litter; people under the age of 25 are most likely to litter when in a group; and, people over the age of 25 are most likely to litter when alone.
- In one single day, nearly 7 million pounds of litter were removed from beaches, lakes, and streams.
- Animals from nearly 443 species are entangled in or ingest marine debris annually. The majority of these die from starvation, exhaustion, or infection.
- People litter because:
- there is a presence of other litter.
- it's the easiest way to get rid of unwanted things.
- littering is acceptable by people who pay taxes to have someone else pick it up.
- dumping is a social activity we learned from our parents and passed on unconsciously to our children.