A small piece of litter you have in your hand today could amount to billions of litters at the end of the year. Billions of money is spent just to clean up the litter that many people have thoughtlessly tossed out on the streets and other public spaces. But if each of us try a bit more of discipline and application of basic knowledge about the effects of litter, imagine how much money could be saved and used for other more important services. Here are some of the most important and interesting facts that might just help each of us think twice about littering.
1. 9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year.
2. $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter.
3. 50% of littered items are cigarette butts.
4. In a poll conducted in the State of Tennessee, 50% of smokers claimed they properly disposed of their cigarette butts in ash receptacles or trash cans.
5. 75% of people admitted that they littered in the past 5 years.
6. The most common object found during litter clean-up is fast food litter.
7. Men are likely to litter more than women do, according to a survey conducted in Tennessee.
8. According to a national study, most people who would deliberately litter are those between 18-34 years old.
9. The West Virginia Department of Transportation listed eight sources of litters which include motorists, pedestrians, uncovered trucks, and boaters.