Knowing this, it is paramount to acknowledge litter as a people problem rather than a product issue. Studies indicate 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.
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.
 Keep America Beautiful. (2010). Key Findings: Littering Behavior. In Litter in America.
 Foodservice Packaging Institute. (2015). Foodservice Packaging: The Environment.
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Foam foodservice products constitute less than 1% of the USA's municipal solid waste.