Video of the Day: Don’t You Just Hate it When Someone Else’s Rubbish Ruins Your Lunch Break!?

 

 

 A few facts about litter and pollution:

  • Litter that is dumped in certain areas can stunt plant growth.
  •  Every year, millions of fish, birds and animals are killed from consuming or getting tangled up in litter with the biggest culprits being plastic bags and plastic six pack rings.
  • Litter carries germs that are quickly and easily spread to humans through rodents.
  • Plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down.
  • Cigarette butts account for over 50 percent of littered items.
  • Broken glass cuts the feet of a multitude of animals such as foxes, raccoons, coyotes, badgers, squirrels, cats and dogs.
  • Deer love sweets and bread and will often feed on littered leftovers however, much of this food can become contaminated and cause food poisoning.
  • Chewing gum is a dangerous piece of litter that can kill animals that attempt to eat it
  • Nearly nine billion tons of debris end up in the oceans around the world every year.
  • Every cigarette butt takes at least 12 years to finally break down while it pollutes waterways and soil with lead, arsenic and cadmium.
  • More than two million cigarettes are littered in the United States every day.
  • Over 28 percent of ocean debris is cigarette butts.
  • Littered cigarette butts in America could build a seven feet wide highway of butts across the country.
  • 81 percent of litterers admit that higher fines and stricter laws would stop them from littering.

 

Yamuna River, India (photo via Mother Nature Network)

 

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