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Litter And Fly Tipping

Updated on November 6, 2014
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The Problem: Littering our streets and countryside

I grew up with the phrase" Don't be A Litterbug!" My parents taught me to respect the enviroment in which we live. I am passionate about not littering.

I have always been against the littering of our streets and countryside and the tipping of waste. Whenever I had a piece of litter I would ether find a bin or take it home with me to dispose of there. I never wanted to litter up the land I was enjoying.

Yet all around me I see litter, old cans, sweet wrappers, left over sandwiches and paper. I cannot understand the need to just drop it where you finished using it.

We have a beautiful land why destroy it and wildlife in the process by making it such a mess?

This page explores the problem of litter and fly tipping.

I welcome you to take part in the polls and discussion.

Thank you

Photo Authors own please do not copy.

Litter-Its not pretty

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I spotted this littering today while out shopping. I cannot understand why people would want to "decorate" a pole like this. The people at the store do their best to tidy it up but this is a frequent occurance...

Why do people need to be Litterbugs?

Litter:Carelessly discarded refuse, such as wastepaper:

What do you think is the best policy to decrease littering?

What do you think is the best policy to decrease littering?

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The Effects Of Litter On Wildlife - Death by litter for our wild animals and birds.

Litter is always unpleasant to look at but there is a more serious side for nature. Litter poses a threat to all wildlife. Small creatures and birds can reach in to plastic wrappers and bags enticed by the old food smells and then suffocate to death. Some litter is toxic to them. Animals can get cut and entangled on carelessly thrown away items and without treatment cuts can get infected and lead to serious illness and death. Some never escape being tangled up in litter and die a slow death. Animals both on land and in the sea can try to eat the litter which may swell inside them and cause death.

When something is so avoidable it never ceases to amaze me that it is such a problem.

Littering Nature

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This upsets me most of all. A lovely scene destroyed by a littered plastic bag. Not only unsightly but also potentially dangerous to wildlife.

Marine Wildlife and Litter - Consequences of Litter on our beaches and our wildlife...

Litter Lout/ Litterbug:Slang a person who drops refuse in public places

Are Kids The Worst Litter Bugs?

Often kids are blamed for the tide of litter on our streets, sweet wrappers, cans, half eaten food..but are children mostly to blame for all the litter or is it the adults?

Who are the worst litter bugs?

Kids are the worst litter bugs

Kids are the worst litter bugs

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    Adults are as much or more to blame for litter

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      • Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        Kids drop candy wrappers and fast food packaging; but, adults drop bald tires, worn out mattresses and bug-infested furniture.

      • Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

        Most of the litter comes from adults...

      • Gail47 4 years ago

        I think adults are pretty bad because they are old enough to know better. That's where kids get the notion that it's okay to litter - from the adults they see doing it!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I see many more adults tossing litter than I do children.

      • Spook LM 8 years ago

        Kids want to please you so will follow your example

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Adults are worse because they should know better.

      • Spook LM 8 years ago

        They follow the parents lead and within the experiences of my life, they also are so keen to please you. It stands to reason therefore that nothing could be simpler than giving them this.

      • kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

        The cigarette butts really frost my flakes. I see people throw them on the ground when there is a receptacle for them five feet away. How lazy can you be?

      • religions7 8 years ago

        Kids mirror adults. They can learn to pick up after themselves - but only if their parents do the same.

      Dont Be A Litterbug! - A Child Clears Up Litter...

      Litterbin

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      Clearly the most appropriate place for litter is to either take it home with us or to use a litter bin.

      Question is are there enough litter bins available for people to use?

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      What do you think about littering?

      Do you have any suggestions how to improve?

      Love to hear your views or just let me know you stopped by to say Hi :)

      What Are Your Opinions On Litter And Fly Tipping?

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          Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

          A little trash somehow attracts more trash. It is amazing how quickly it happens. It's important to nip it in the bud as soon as possible to keep it from getting worse.

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          Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

          They should make the fines higher... Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful lens!

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          Gail47 4 years ago

          We can have all the trash cans there are set up around the world and people will still litter! So sad. Hopefully education and an increase in trash cans will finally get the message across.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Drivers seem to be the worst ... so adults and older teens. A lot of what I clean up is along the edge of the road where litterbugs have thrown it out the window. Cigarette butts account for nearly half of what I pick up regularly.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Thanks for linking to my photos. I've lots of suggestions which I make on my Flickr pages. And would welcome many more.

          You're right to stress education - and not just for children and young people. One of the depressing aspects of dumped and littered towns and countryside is the bad examples they set for the next generation. Though at the same time, i'm optimistic because I find a high proportion of young people both aware and concerned about the environment and the wider 'green' issues.

          I'm also positive about the possible solutions. Litter, dumping and commercial fly-tipping will reduce the more we turn 'waste' into 'value' by recycling.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Great lens! When I was a little girl (many moons ago) there was a $100 fine for littering. Back then that was a lot of money for a fine. My Mom was just terrified of that fine and so would lecture us about littering and reminding us that she DID NOT have that kind of money. It worked, though. We didn't and still don't litter.

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          Spook LM 8 years ago

          Came here earlier but obviously things did not take so came back again. Great lens

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I can remember the first "Keep Britain Tidy" campaign in the 60s, which is when I learnt not to be a "litter lout"! I want to see leaves on trees - not plastic bags.

          Blessings to you from this countryside loving Angel.

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          Spook LM 8 years ago

          Excellent lens and topic. Far as I'm concerned it starts in the home.

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          Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

          Oh I see, fly tipping is an English term. Works since litter can attract flies. I think we in the U. S. should go harsh and call these people litter louts.

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          religions7 8 years ago

          Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)