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The No Littering Movement: Why “Do not Litter” is the best

Introduction – Do Not Litter

No littering is no joke! Litter can make your surroundings look dirty and unkempt. It can also be harmful to the environment, as it takes a long time for materials like plastic to decompose. If you want to keep your city clean, then do not litter! This article will explore why littering should not happen and what you can do about it.

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Why No Littering is the way

The first reason why no littering should happen is that it makes your surroundings look dirty. Trash that no one picks up can stick around, get blown into the street, or end up in waterways where animals may eat them. This can be harmful to their health and bad for our air quality which we breathe every day! If you want a clean community does not let anyone throw trash on the ground wherever they are at the time.

How Can We Promote the Do Not Litter movement

What else will make people follow this rule? Well, there are consequences when someone litters! You might have seen signs of “No Littering” with some finely written under it if caught doing so by an officer. There is no excuse to Litter. There are trash cans everywhere nowadays. So no littering should not happen because there are consequences and a clean community is what we all want.

Why No Littering is Necessary

Littering is a type of pollution, and it has several negative impacts. There are two main types of Litter:

  • Individual littering- households or individuals throw items such as fast food wrappers, bottle caps, cigarette butts, etc.
  • Institutional littering- mainly from public places such as schools, hospitals, government buildings. Litter results in a loss of natural habitat for animals to live in. It also causes the deaths of animals that either consume or get trapped by the litter or it can cut off air flow and lead to suffocation .

If one piece of Litter gets washed into the ocean, it seems like a small problem. However, that little bit can grow into something much bigger. For example, if plastics are not disposed of correctly and end up in waterways, they will naturally degrade over time which causes them to break down into smaller pieces.

The smaller pieces can now be consumed by aquatic organisms such as fish and seabirds. Plastics produce chemical additives during production (e.g., bisphenol-A) or come in contact with chemicals during use (phthalates); these toxins could leach out into the water, further harming wildlife.

Litter is also harmful to human health because pollutants may accumulate on objects that have been littered, creating more significant concentrations. In the case of Litter in the oceans, it has been found that there are concentrations in certain areas where floating garbage collects together because of ocean currents.

There have been studies done that show a close relationship between harmful plastic particles and high cancer rates. The Arctic regions in Northern Canada specifically have a severe problem with household waste being washed into rivers from coastal communities.

In some parts of the world, water is becoming more polluted by plastics. For example, when someone drinks from a contaminated source or when an animal consumes it, they might suffer from infections, intestinal blockages, etc. Because small fish eat microplastics, larger fish will then eat them, and these toxic chemicals can travel up to humans through seafood.

The effects of littering are not only felt on land but also in the oceans. Litter thrown into waterways by people or businesses can flow out to the seas and become pollution. This Litter can kill marine life if they eat it or get caught up in it, choke them or poison them. It also affects the food chain as higher-up animals will eat smaller animals that have eaten something contaminated with Litter. When humans consume seafood, they are consuming waste products from other fish/animals which contain toxins from Litter.


Do you agree with this article? Please share it! Remember, no littering can keep our city beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Let’s do the right thing by going out into nature instead of throwing away trash wherever we please! Litter has no place in an environment that so many animals call home as well, such as squirrels or bears.

We don’t want them getting sick from eating something harmful, do we? No one does, so why would they throw their food wrappers on the ground where they go every day? It makes no sense at all…which means no littering will be taking place anymore if people see that others around them are not doing it either.

No littering is a no-brainer for keeping our city clean and beautiful while also protecting animals from getting sick by eating something harmful off of the ground that shouldn’t be there, to begin with. Do not let your friends get away with throwing their food wrappers on the ground wherever they go; remind everyone around you about this rule too! Let’s keep no littering going strong together so we can all enjoy an environment filled with beauty instead of trash everywhere throughout our community.

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