Unfortunately we do not live in a world where every citizen is responsible and shows a high level of courtesy to one another. One instance where this can be proved is with littering. Whether you are walking to your car from the shop in a parking lot, enjoying a cool day at McKinney Falls State Park or taking in some sunshine at West Lake beach, you are guaranteed to come across some type of litter that has been irresponsibly discarded by a fellow citizen. Litter comes in many forms, from candy wrappers, soda pop can, cigarette butts, newspapers and any other form of garbage. Littering is an act of laziness that reflects poorly on a person’s character. Littering has many ill effects on our world and some may even surprise you.
The most obvious negative aspect of littering is appearance. An area that is flooded with heavy amounts of litter looks dirty and unsightly, creating a less pleasant environment for those that live near the area or use it regularly. Litter that is left to accumulate will also create a foul and offensive odor, making it even more unappealing to visit or enjoy. When littering becomes an accepted act in an area, it sends a message to all those around that littering is not such a bad act, when in reality it is slowly dragging the community down.
Not only will littering lower the standard of your neighborhood, but it can also have a direct impact on everyone’s health. Food, packaging and other materials that are left to rot provide a fertile environment in which bacteria is able to thrive. This becomes a health hazard for anyone who comes into contact with this dangerous bacterium. While litter can result in health risks, it can also create a great deal of safety issues. A play ground that is covered in broken glass from bottles that were not properly dispensed of or metal cans with sharp edges can seriously injure a child or anyone else that comes into contact with it.
Another serious impact that littering can cause is a significant danger to wildlife. Litter has a negative effect on both land and sea dwelling wildlife. Animals can ingest plastic that has been carelessly thrown into the ocean or on the ground, in sufficient quantities these materials can poison the animal or cause it to starve by blocking its intestinal tract. Another wildlife hazard involves entanglement, animals or sea creatures can become entangled in plastic materials that have been carelessly littered. This can result in serious injury to the animal or even death. If you are ready to become a more responsible citizen and take an active stand against littering, contact Texas Heritage Protection today.