Walking Green: 10 Harmful Effects of Litter

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  • It is estimated in that California spends 1 Billion dollars annually on litter clean up
  • 7 Billion tons of debris enter the world oceans annually. Most of it is long lasting plastic.
  • An estimated 100,000 sea mammals and turtles are killed by plastic litter every year.
  • A sperm whale found dead on a North American beach was discovered to have starved to death because a plastic gallon bottle which it had swallowed had plugged its small intestine. The animal was full of plastic material ranging from other plastic bottles to 12m of nylon rope.

10 Harmful Effects of Litter

1.) Litter in the streets and parks can travel through storm drains to bays and oceans, where it harms wildlife

2.) Litter cost money. Removing litter cost everyone who pays taxes.

3.) Threat to Public Health. Attracts rats and other rodents and is a breeding ground for bacteria.

4.) Litter can be a fire hazard.

5.) Looks bad, and can effect the value of your home and business.

6.) Can affect local economy, especially in tourist locations.

7.) Litter breeds other litter. Sends out message that people don’t care.

8.) Harm or kill wildlife.

9.) Harms Waterways. Even animal leavings, leaves and grass affect wildlife.

10.) It demoralizing and disgusting.

If New Orleans can do it so can we. Check out this article! Or this solution from Nola

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  1. Rob McDonald says:


  2. Alpha Kenny Body says:

    very informational and helpful for my speech, thank you

  3. erika maryway says:

    litter is important to be stopped lol

  4. Jacob says:

    Thanks. This info is helpful and supports my persuasive essay.

  5. Charmaine says:

    Thanks for the info. It helped in my lesson.

  6. asuzuo davy muzamai says:

    littering is a bad habbit since it provides a good breeding site for mosquito which traslate malaria from one person to another.it can hurt animals that eart plants or glass.litter harms our water ways,organic matters such as leaves and glass clippings pollutes our water. last but not least!littering makes our enviroment to look ugly

  7. KELLY says:


  8. jacob says:

    thnx, this is really helpful, hehe


    effect o.k. what’s the solution?

  10. Logan Roy Shrewsbury says:

    thxs its helpful

  11. devan says:

    littering i think is so mest up i just want it to stop please help our world be a btter place to live littering is so bad oh and by the way sup logan

  12. alexa says:

    I see litter everywhere on the streets and its discusting and it is also dangerous our envioronment and wild life. iwish every one would just stop this dangerous and harmful thing and it attracks bugs. YUCK.:(

  13. John says:

    such as garbage are yuck

  14. Ngọc Hà says:

    Thanks very much!

  15. jeffrey says:

    thank you this is varry helpful

  16. Very helpful for my project and lots of information is given.

  17. rob mcdonald 2 says:

    COOL #2

  18. Teresa says:

    Needed more information such as the authors names and the dates the information was created.

  19. The Neat Squad says:

    Thanks. I will use some of this infor. in my meetings.

  20. Daniel says:

    Thank you so much for the information! It really helped with my school speech I have to do :)

  21. Rhea t. says:

    That’s true…

  22. madison fink says:

    This was a very helpful article, I too am concerned about litter and what we can do to stop it. My school is performing a commitee to pick up trash at the beach. Thanks for the support I need to finish my project! :-)

  23. I think this is helpful for me because I’m doing acedemic fair!!

  24. this is helpful for my academic fair project!! thanks!

  25. :)


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