Facts About Litter
Have you ever found a candy wrapper or soda can on the ground when you are out for a walk? Keeping your community clean and healthy is not just one person’s job. When people throw trash on the ground rather than disposing of it properly in a trash can or recycling bin, they are littering.
While some say that throwing a banana peel or apple core out the window is OK because the birds will get it, think about the fact that bacteria and rodents will also be attracted to it, which is unhealthy.
Besides being unsightly, trash can be very harmful to wildlife. A bird might mistake a piece of plastic or an aluminum tab from a can for food. These items will not decompose and will not leave room in a bird’s stomach for real food, which can cause the bird to die.
Did you know that plastic-coated paper such as a candy wrapper takes five years to decompose? We all have to work together to keep our communities healthy and clean. To find out how long litter lasts, check out Litter Facts, crittertales.org/SHOULD%20YOU%20LITTER.pdf.
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