Litter just doesn't appear - it's the result of careless attitudes and waste handling. Is there anything you can do? Knowing more about litter and where it comes from is a good place to start.
Why People Litter
Research has found that people litter because:
They feel no sense of ownership, even though areas such as parks and beaches are public property.
They believe litter creates jobs.
They believe someone else - a park maintenance or highway worker - will pick up after them.
Litter has already accumulated.
Party litter tossed in the woods
"Litter" Known Facts
Motorists and pedestrians are often blamed for litter. There are actually seven primary sources:
Household trash handling and its placement at the curb for collection.
Dumpsters used by businesses.
Construction and Demolition sites.
Trucks with uncovered loads.
Litter is blown about by wind and traffic or carried by water. It moves until trapped by a curb, building, or fence. Once litter has accumulated, it invites people to add more.
Litter and Your Taxes
Litter is a costly problem. The Parks Department, Waste Management and the Ministry of Health spend millions of tax dollars and many hours annually picking up litter and controlling the resulting mosquitoes and rats - money and time needed for more important services.
KBB volunteers also spend hundreds of volunteer hours removing litter and illegal dumping.
Clean communities have a better chance of attracting tourists and new business than those where litter is common.
What Can I Do?
Set an example for others, especially children, by not littering.
Carry a litterbag in your car.
Make sure trash cans have lids that can be securely fastened. Don't put loose trash in boxes or paper bags.
If bins at the park or beach are full, take trash and recycling home with you. Do not stack it around the bins.
Flatten boxes and tie into bundles before putting out for collection.
If you own a business, check dumpsters daily to see that top and side doors are closed.
If you, or a member of your family is involved in a civic group, scouting, or recreational sports program, encourage the group to "adopt" a spot and maintain it on a regular basis.
Make litterbags for your bicycle, and give them to your friends, too.
Report illegally dumped garbage and debris to Waste Management at 297-7953 and ask that the material be removed.
Volunteer to help organize a clean up.
Can I Do More?
Ask the organizers of a festival, fair, or other outdoor event in your community to make their events "litter-free". This can be done by giving out litterbags at entrances and making sure that everyone who attends knows that it is a "litter-free" day.
Cover open loads on all trucks and become familiar with Waste Management's rules on commercial waste disposal - many items can be disposed of for free.
Encourage a school to place trash and recycling receptacles around the school grounds, plan litter pick-ups, and projects in which students track litter's origins.
Sign should say "No Littering"
To find out more about how you can help prevent litter, visit www.kbb.bm.
What is KBB?
Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB)
Littering and the resulting marine debris threaten the quality of human health, the natural beauty and the economy of our island home. Help prevent litter. Become actively involved in KBB today!
Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) is a registered Bermuda Charity dedicated to action against the proliferation of litter and other environmental conditions damaging to the beauty of our island - Bermuda.