Litter can be very harmful to wildlife. Birds, mammals, and reptiles can be injured or killed by the trash we don’t properly throw away. Animals get sick or die from swallowing trash, such as cigarettes and silicon packets. Discarded fishing lines can bind the wings of ducks. A fishhook may get stuck in a bird’s throat. Broken glass and metal scraps can cut the feet of foxes and other animals, and course people as well. Plastic bags and plastic wrap can asphyxiate marine animals and fish, and too many times, I have seen turtles tangled in plastic six-pack holders.
According to Wildlife Fact File, about 160 million tons of trash is thrown away every year in the U.S. or approximately three and a half pounds per person each day. Paper products alone account for over 40 percent of this garbage. The magnitude of the problem is growing every day, especially because some types of litter do not readily disintegrate and therefore remain in the environment as a threat for decades.
This is why we take action. We pick up trash in our community. We recycle what we can and make an impact as two people who are capable of making a difference. We want to offer solutions and be the change. Find out what you can do and lets get to it!