A piece of school notebook paper takes thirty days and thirty
nights to break down into pieces small enough to become part of the earth again. A
soda can takes 200 years!!!!! It costs $15 million a year just to pick up the litter
in our national parks.
Litter hurts animals. They can get their heads trapped
in glass jars and metal cans when trying to lick out the contents. Always rinse them
out. Put the lids back on jars and crush metal and plastic food containers before
recycling them. Yoplait yogurt containers are especially dangerous to animals
because of the unusual shape. If you use this product, make sure you crush the
container before recycling.
Its not just cans and jars that can
hurt animals. Animals can get entangled and killed or maimed in fishing lines that
have been discarded carelessly. They can get lead poisoning from eating lead sinkers
that fishermen throw away. They can get mercury poisoning from batteries that are
carelessly tossed out. They can get their heads stuck in the plastic that holds six
packs together. Never put these in the garbage without first cutting each ring.
Dont break glass jars and bottles in the street. Broken glass can hurt
animals and people too. Lots of kids and people who dont know any better
litter its easy to just toss garbage on the ground rather than disposing of
Dont ever throw food or litter out of a car window.
It attracts animals to the road where they can be killed or injured by other cars.
You might want to organize a litter patrol. Get your
family, friends and neighbors to help you. Each person should carry a sturdy bag for
collecting cans, bottles, papers and gum and candy wrappers along the road, in the woods,
on the beach or around a pond. If you do it every fourth Saturday, you could pick a
different site each month. Keep an eye out for and always pick up - cans,
wrappers, six-pack rings and so on. Recycle what you can.
Remember, besides looking awful litter can do serious harm, so
make sure you dispose of your garbage properly.