Littering. This has always been a problem but is now starting to get worse. Littering not only effects the environment but other humans too. The cost of cleaning up after car litterbugs is £4.8m just to remove litter from motorways and A-roads. This money should be spent on road repairs and new roads.
Littering has gotten that bad that 364,000 bags of litter have been collected since 2003. And the ocean gets affected too, over 1. 9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year. ‘’Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans,” says Jacques Cousteau (an ocean explorer and engineer). The RSPCA receives more than 5,000 calls a year regarding litter. Wildlife is unfortunately the main victim, wild birds in particular. Litter can cause a whole range of problems for everyone in our communities. Litter discarded in streets and parks can travel through the storm water system to our rivers and creeks, where it can cause harm to wildlife.
Many house owners have complained to the council about litter being thrown into their gardens as well as dog faeces appearing into their gardens due to laziness. If people recycle and use bins it will reduce the amount of unhappy house owners and the public as well as reducing the impact on the environment. Litter is a threat to public health. Litter attracts vermin and is a breeding ground for bacteria. Items such as broken glass and syringes can be a health hazard in public places. Litter can also be a fire hazard. Accumulated litter and careless discarded cigarette butts are potential fire hazards.
People find it easier to litter than to wait and put it in a bin, but this is just pure laziness. No one sees the bigger picture and this therefore results in environmental hazards. With our modern day community people have become more lazy and careless. Why is this? And what can we do to change?
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