Litter Facts

8 Sources of Litter
  • Commercial dumpsters
  • Construction sites
  • Household garbage
  • Illegal signs
  • Loading docks
  • Motorists
  • Pedestrians
  • Uncovered trucks
Did You Know?
  • A cigarette butt takes 30 years to decompose.
  • A plastic bag takes 10-20 years to decompose.
  • A styrofoam cup takes 50 years to decompose.
  • An aluminum can takes 200-500 years to decompose.
  • Each person throws away 4 pounds of garbage a day. Americans throw away 160 million tons of trash per year.
  • It costs the State of Louisiana $15 million per year to remove litter from the roadsides.
Impact of Litter
  • Attracts disreputable businesses
  • Attracts uncaring property owners
  • Compromises the quality of life, reduces pride
  • Contributes to crime
  • Costs money
  • Discourages tourism
  • Inhibits economic development
  • Initiates the decline of a neighborhood
  • Reduces property values
Ways to Combat Litter
  • Carry a litter bag in your car
  • Hold cleanups on your block
  • Keep your yard litter free
  • Provide waste containers
  • Report litterers by calling 1-888-LITRBUG (888-584-7284)
  • Teach your children not to litter