You have seen unsightly litter near rivers, parks, forests, and roadsides. This is always caused by people. This litter affects animals and our quality of life. Whether intentional or not, litter is unacceptable.

Improper sorting and securing of trash could be unintentional, but it is still wrong.

There are some places that have more litter than others. More litter is found on roads where there are high traffic and at beaches where people gather.

Little by little, trash can pile up at the side of roads where people frequent.

We should be concern about illegal dumping as well. This happens by people who do not know how to dispose of hazardous waste, or where the facilities that collect hazardous waste are located. Sometimes, there may be no nearby facility that collect hazardous waste. Needless to say, we all should be made aware of our bad habits concerning littering.

Even though we see it, we tend to ignore the litter. However, you should know that some litter could stay on the environment for millions of years. Our litter travel through our water systems. It ends up in streams, rivers, local bays and estuaries. It flows into the oceans and sometimes washes back on land.

Some items such as Styrofoam and plastic can stay on the environment for over a million years.

Litter is a serious concern for all as this could cause health problems above other things. For this reason, our negligence and disobedience to the laws concerning litter need to change. Litter collected can be reused or recycled.

Waste is all unwanted material. What you call waste can be recycle: paper, glass, plastic and metal. These can be recycled into many things. The video below shows the many things that waste can be recycled into.

You can help reduce litter.

Dispose of you litter wisely. Throw your waste in the public waste container or bins when you are at school, malls, beaches, or any public place. Sort your garbage so it can be reused or recycled. You can also volunteer to help clean up litter from the environment. Above all, follow the laws concerning the disposal of hazardous waste.