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Litter Prevention

By discarding possessions improperly, consumers contribute to the critical matter of mismanaged waste.

Knowing this, it is paramount to acknowledge litter as a people problem rather than a product issue. Studies indicate[1] that 81% of littering behavior occurs with notable intent, regardless of the material being discarded. In many areas, the items accumulating the most litter are tobacco products, with a litter rate of 57% for cigarette butts alone. In contrast, all fast food packaging (the largest component of all foodservice packaging) makes up less than 6 percent of total litter.[2]

Comprehensive anti-litter efforts including the use of public trash cans, increased clean-up efforts, and enforcement of anti-litter laws and education campaigns are necessary to keep our streets and waterways clean.


[1] Keep America Beautiful. (2010). Key Findings: Littering Behavior. In Litter in America.

[2] Foodservice Packaging Institute. (2015). Foodservice Packaging: The Environment.

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