Knowing More About Litter Is The First Step To A More Beautiful Midlands
When was the last time you saw someone littering? It may be hard to remember. But litter doesn't just appear -- it's a result of careless attitudes and improper waste handling. Is there anything you can do? Yes, and knowing more about litter and where it comes from is a good start!
Why People Litter
Research by Keep America Beautiful indicates that people litter because:
- they feel no sense of ownership, even though areas such as parks, beaches and roads are public properties
- they believe someone else -- a park maintenance worker or highway worker -- will pick up after them
- they assume that because litter has already accumulated, their littering is not a problem.
Motorists and pedestrians are often blamed for litter. There are actually seven primary sources:
- Households due to improper handling of trash and it's placement on the curb for collection
- Dumpsters used by businesses
- Loading docks
- Construction and demolition sites
- Trucks with unsecured loads
Litter And Your Taxes
Litter is not only ugly -- it is costly! The SC Department of Transportation spends more than a million dollars and many hours annually picking up litter -- money and time needed for more important services. Local, state and federal governments also spend money removing litter left by careless park visitors. Clean communities also have a better chance of attracting new businesses than litter-filled communities.