The Psychology Of Littering

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  1. RhinestoneStrat

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    People who throw out there litter are not thinking inside the box.:oops:

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    Littering is one of my pet peeves

    I’d have friends in school that when riding with me would roll down the window and toss something out, it would infuriate me like nothing else

    Can’t they wait till they reach a proper receptacle?

    I remember back in 4th grade or so we had a talk about littering, the teacher said how cigarette butts would end up in the water ways and ducks would eat them and have them swell in their belly’s and kill em

    Same thing with 6pack plastic rings getting caught around animals

    So now when I see littering I think about the poor ducks with their swollen tummies

    Cigarette butts are the most common litter, it’s not that hard to keep an ashtray in the car or some other receptacle that can be emptied later

    In japan they apparently carry around little pouches and put their butts in those
     
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    i have little more to add to this thread except to post the obligatory 'garbage man' song from the simpsons.
     
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    What mind?
     
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    most states down here have brought back cash for cans/bottles/recyclable plastic... 10c an item...

    I think this will help a steady clean up of litter round the place with some money to be made...

    when we were kids there weren't many bottles around to find and cash in, everyone was onto it then,..

    though with the outbreak of more and more franchise food outlets these days, their packaging models need changing to lessen their impact on litter..
     
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    I toured a lot of America coast to coast and border to border... i could find a McDonald’s just by following the increasing roadside litter.
     
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    Nature fights back...

    Litter.jpg

    I found this cigarette packet chucked into a hedge by a busy main road...

    In this case, the Red Admiral butterfly might just benefit from its elevated position in attracting a mate.
    It's an inch higher than the surroundings, and makes it a little more visible...
    It's like a little stage for the star performer...

    Otherwise I hate litter louts with a vengeance - they are scum.
     
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    i wish people were as passionate about commercial organizations dumping waste as they were about individuals littering.
     
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    U.S. military wide at least since the eighties, always insisted down the chain of command to knock the cherry off your ciggy and throw the but in your cargo pocket til you can throw it out. I continued this practice until I quit smoking in the early 2000s
     
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    I commute on a bicycle.
    The spring weather is beautiful, the flowers are in bloom the wattle and jasmine in the air...and some f wits have thrown all sorts of crap onto the curb.!
    Many years back we had a nationwide promo on tv “do the right thing, put it in the bin” I believe it needs to be rolled out again.
    Like the OP, Best I can do is keep my patch clean.
     
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    Years ago I could tell the state lines when traveling through which states had bottle laws and which did not. Other trash followed the bottles and cans.

    For the area you are mowing ... depending on the condition there, seed it to sunflowers (the smaller black seed type) if visibility is not a problem or some other lower flower that blooms all season. People will be less likely to toss trash if it's happy blooms rather than just plain grass. If the trash that shows up there is all wind deposited from other properties in the neighborhood then it will still accumulate some materials.

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    Litterers are trash!
     
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    When I travelled mostly by motorcycle, I would regularly, when stopped for red lights, etc. pull up next to a car, pick up their trash and say, " You dropped something." It was generally met with a nervous laugh and, "No...it's OK...I..." then came the look of recognition of what was going on.
    If they didn't take it back, it got tossed in the car.
    I once tossed a business associate out of my car in Hells Kitchen, NYC because he dumped my ashtray in the street.
    He had to make his own way back to NJ.
    My boss was PISSED!
    "Did you throw the Campbell's Soup rep out of your car in Manhattan?!?!"
    Which brings me to smokers.
    The freakin' slobs who throw 5...10...20 non-biodegradeable butts on the ground every day.
    WTF?
    That's why I always smoked Camel straights or rolled my own.
    Litterers are also often like dogs who like to crap in the same place.
    If you've spent any time picking up litter, you've likely experienced something like a pile of the same brand of iced tea bottles in the same place.
    There are some jerky mf'ers out there.
    Don't be one of them.
     
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    I only wish it were so. Cigarette butts are , or at least were, biodegradable. The greater problem is plastics waste. It accumulates on the land and sea and in our rivers and streams. Glass, metal, and paper eventually return to the environment. Some plastics can be recycled and reused but most aren’t. Plastics waste will plague the planet for millennia.
     
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    Just an FYI, not trying to be smart-alecky

    http://www.longwood.edu/CLEANVA/cig...utts biodegradable?,as other forms of plastic.
     
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    I tend to view the world in shades of grey, every opinion has some merit, etc. But littering is starkly black and white. It is like an A-hole litmus test. It is appalling to me how anyone could throw anything on the ground, anywhere, any time. That was the thing that always riled me about smokers, back in the day. Not the smoke. The fact that they all seemed to think the whole world was an ashtray. Don't get me started...
     
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    Same for me, I was thinking exactly the same thing. For people who don't know the Iron Eyes Cody reference, here it is:

     
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