Essay on Littering Effect

620 Words Sep 23rd, 2012 3 Pages
If everyone on Earth threw garbage and litter indiscriminately wherever they went, the world as we know it would soon be in ruins.

Litter in our surroundings is an important environmental issue, which many people overlook. While a majority of people do know that littering is a bad thing, many continue to carelessly scatter their trash around nonetheless.

There are a host of problems that stem from littering, and the environment has been suffering as a result of some people's inability to control this habit. Money is also wasted because of it. The government has to employ people to pick up trash, and that means funding from tax revenue.

Littering can be hazardous to one's health as well. Trash in an area attracts vermin and
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Misconceptions

There are misconceptions about what constitutes litter. Some people think that if an item is organic (and will "turn into dirt") it's alright to throw it anywhere. Banana peels, apple cores, and the like, are just some things that come to mind on this one. But in reality, throwing garbage around, organic or otherwise, is littering. And the environment is adversely affected by it.

Why do people litter? Quite frankly, the main reason is simple laziness.

Our environment can be made much more attractive if people simply use garbage cans properly.

If you have garbage to dispose of, and there's isn't a garbage can nearby, then wrap your trash up (in a napkin, plastic, paper bag, etc) and place it in your pocket or carry it with you until you reach a garbage can. Also, make sure that the trash actually goes into the garbage can, and does not fall to the side.

It's all a simple matter of proper waste disposal, which is vital for our environments and for our ecosystems.

The truth is, we all know about the problem. Now its time to act on it, if you haven't been. But if you already do have proper and responsible waste disposal habits, remember that you can make a difference by encouraging others to follow your example.

When we dispose of our garbage properly, instead of polluting our environment, it does more than just help our locale to look good - we all feel better about it as well.

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