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  • *laws: arizona laws and prevention
    *social change: doing things differently to avoid littering

  • *ever heard the saying “all drains lead to the ocean?”
    *basically that means that whatever you litter or put in drains you’ll end up swimming in it on vacation
  • • Blocks storm drains, which can
    cause flooding
    • Reduces aesthetic appeal
    and property values
    • Can kill thousands of animals when they
    eat it or become entangled in it
    • Damages fishing and recreational boats
    • Causes injury to swimmers and bathers
    • Costs millions of dollars to remove
  • *The amount of money being spent picking up litter could be used in repairing roads or hiring more fireman and police
  • * Animals get caught in plastic six pack rings, plastic bags, fishing line and a multitude of throwaways.
    *Birds that are stuck, can’t fly away from danger. Sometimes animals caught in six pack rings are strangled as they grow too big for the opening.
    *Animals get cut, infected and die. Every year, millions of birds, fish and animals die from litter.

  • food cartons, Styrofoam cups, plastic utensils, snack-food wrappers, soft drink bottles and cans, paper bags, plastic sheets, boxes, clothes, newspapers, metal foil, anti-freeze and motor oil containers, paint thinner, tires and much, much more.

  • *miscellaneous is litter that either changes color or forms in the ground and can no longer be identified
    *for example gum, cigarette butts, candy, and most foods
  • *the type of liter that takes up tje most space is food
    *some say that drive thru windows could also cause littering because it encourages people to eat in there cars which might make some people throw it outside rather than keeping it or eating inside and using a trash can.
  • *the trash that takes the longest to decompose is styrofoam containers and plastic jugs
    *banana peels take the least amount of time but it still affects the earth
    *another thing that’s not in the chart is gum, im not sure how long it takes to decompose but gum being left in the ground it what causes the tiny black circles in the sidewalks and streets
  • *there are 7 main causes of littering
  • *motorists feel like since they’re not in a car and they don’t have anywhere to put the trash that they have more of a right to litter which isn’t true
    *as fast as they go i think they are perfectly capable to drive to a trash can
  • *bicyclists have basically the same attitude as the motorists
    *since bicycles are more for working out most of the trash coming from them are water bottles
    *easy fix? bring a canteen or a reusable bottle
  • *trucks definitely are a problem with their trash.
    *sometimes the back of the trucks are open and they dont even know it

  • *if your going to put trash in a uncovered trash can or dumpster you might as well put it on the ground
    *86% of trash throw in un covered dumpsters end up on the ground from being knocked over or the wind.
  • *this is the most popular
    *people are just lazy and put their trash where ever they feel like it and the truth is most trash men wont pick it up if its not put in a bag, unless it’s huge trash

  • *construction sites are also well know for their trash
    *they leave everything on the ground: their food wrappers, papers and extrar materials that they didn’t use.
  • *as you can see in the picture above a piece of trash is making it’s way out to the ground.

  • *the fast food that you paid 5 dollars for can end up costing you 500 dollars when you toss it out the window.
  • *The fines, plus court costs, can range from $460 to well over $1,000, depending on injuries.
  • *Dumping waste, such as discarded trash, oil, appliances, scrap tires, furniture and other items, on private or public land and waterways is strictly prohibited by Ohio law
    *can result in fines of up to $100, depending upon the seriousness of the offense. For casual littering from motor vehicles, law enforcement officers can issue tickets
    *No operator or occupant of a vessel, regardless of intent, may discard or deposit litter in any Ohio waters.
    *Vehicles loaded with garbage, solid waste or other unsanitary materials that are susceptible to blowing or bouncing out, cannot be driven unless their contents are sufficiently covered.
  • *this is the number you can call in arizona to report a person littering
    *there’s also a number to report an area that has litter
  • *the pictures above is trash that was found on the highway and reported in Arizona.
  • *not putting food in a paper or plastic dispenser or vise versa
    *keeping a bag for trash in your car or outside your house, preferably with a lid
    *find a dumpster with a lid
    *putting things like napkin or a gum wrapper in your purse or pocket till you can find a trash can

  • *some people think that one peice of trash doesnt make a difference but it makes a difference in both a good way and a bad way.
    *its bad because if ever single person in the world has that same attitude about it the that one peice of trash turns into 2 billion pieces of trash
    *it’s good because if everyone decides to pick up one piece of trash then that one piece of picked up trash turns into 2 nillion pieces of picked up trash (common sense) =)
  • *story about my neighbors
  • *going back to the whole thing about covered trash cans
    *it’s important to have trash cans with lids so things wont happen like if it’s knocked over or a windy day blows all the trash right back out.
  • *just getting a regular Genuardi’s bag and just sticking it in your car will make a difference
    *it lessens the chances of you littering and every once in a while isn’t really a big deal.
  • *most public and social clean-ups don’t start till the spring time but the truth is that littering happens no matter what season so getting involved is really important
  • *even if it’s 2 or 3 people picking up a few pieces of trash in your free time will make all the difference

  • *i made a slide show similar to my keynote slides to teach them
    *the kids volunteered to answer questions and solve problems related to littering
    *had an activity where they had to drag the different types of litter to the correct trash can
  • *first we collected our bags and went to Bridgeport Park

  • Littering Keynote

    1. 1. Littering
    2. 2. Overview In my presentation you are going to learn about littering and how to prevent, help, and eliminating it.
    3. 3. Thesis Littering is one of the biggest problems on our earth, but it is easily preventable through laws and social change.
    4. 4. What is littering? trash, such as paper, cans, and bottles, that is left lying in an open or public place
    5. 5. Effects Litter can spread germs and cause environmental and health problems. Cigarette butts contain toxic chemicals that can end up in storm drains and contaminate our water systems.
    6. 6. How Litter Affects Waterways Litter affects our waterways in many different ways Careless dumping of hazardous waste seeps into surrounding soil and cause ground water pollution. Cathy. "Litter Facts and Statistics." 21 Mar. 2009. Web. 5 Apr. 2010. <http://>.
    7. 7. Littering is expensive Houses for sale in littered neighborhoods usually don’t get the best prices and owners lose money. Cathy. "Litter Facts and Statistics." 21 Mar. 2009. Web. 5 Apr. 2010.
    8. 8. It kills and injures animals Litter kills or injures animals. Many small animals crawl into bottles or jars and get stuck and slowly starve to death. Cathy. "Litter Facts and Statistics." 21 Mar. 2009. Web. 5 Apr. 2010.
    9. 9. It carries germs Scabengers, such as rata are drawn to lots of litter. Rats are carriers of many types of diseases that make people ill.
    10. 10. It affects farmers *Cattle and other animals can die from ingresting metal and other substances such as ground up glass. *Repairs to machinery jammed by trash, tires damaged by broken bottles. means downtime and lost crops.
    11. 11. What its made of Litter found on freeways
    12. 12. Arizona Trash 1.6 Million Pounds of litter on highways or about the same as: 803 elephants 73 school buses 1.2 million basketballs Maricopa Association of Governments. "Facts about Littering." Don't Trash AZ. 2009. Web. 2 Feb. 2010. <http://>.
    13. 13. COMPOSED OF... Highway litter is composed of 59 percent paper, 16 percent cans, 6 percent bottles, 6 percent plastics and 13 percent miscellaneous.
    14. 14. Litter on Land and Water Maricopa Association of Governments. "Facts about Littering." Don't Trash AZ. 2009. Web. 2 Feb. 2010. <http://>.
    15. 15. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?? Maricopa Association of Governments. "Facts about Littering." Don't Trash AZ. 2009. Web. 2 Feb. 2010. <http://>.
    16. 16. 7 Causes of Littering
    17. 17. Motorists and Drivers
    18. 18. Bicyclists and Pedestrians
    19. 19. Trucks With Uncovered Backs
    20. 20. Uncovered Dumpster
    21. 21. Household Trash
    22. 22. Construction Sites
    23. 23. Loading Docks
    24. 24. It hurts people Litter hurts people. Every year there are numerous vehicle accidents caused by litter. Cathy. "Litter Facts and Statistics." 21 Mar. 2009. Web. 5 Apr. 2010. <http://>.
    25. 25. Laws Did you know that littering can cost drivers and their passengers a fine of $500 in the state of Arizona?
    26. 26. Roadway Fine You can also be fined for an unsecured load. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, violators could be charged with a class two misdemeanor. U.S. EPA. "Litter Laws." Web. 5 Mar. 2010. <http:// Home/ToolsandResources/LitterFacts/LitterLaws/tabid/18283/Default.aspx>.
    27. 27. Ohio Laws illegal watercraft unsecured motor vehicle dumping vessel load $500 fine and up to $100 up to $200 $100 fine 60 days in jail fine fine U.S. EPA. "Litter Laws." Web. 5 Mar. 2010. <http:// Home/ToolsandResources/LitterFacts/LitterLaws/tabid/18283/Default.aspx>.
    28. 28. Illegal Trash AD
    29. 29. Found on the Freeway
    30. 30. Where to put the trash Appropriate Cans “Anti-Litter” Bag Dumpster Keep it
    31. 31. How to Prevent It 12 ways to prevent littering 1. Set an example by not littering. 2. Pick up one piece of litter every day. 3. Every week, pick up all the litter in front of your house, including the street
    32. 32. 4. Ask your neighbors to properly dispose of their trash. Show them the difference between a clean area and an area spoiled by litter, and stress why it’s important to put trash in proper containers.
    33. 33. 5. Make sure that your trash cans have lids that can be securely attached. If you have curbside trash service, don’t put out unopened containers or boxes filled with trash.
    34. 34. 6. Carry a litter bag in your car. Ask local businesses to buy car litter bags and distribute them to customers. Encourage them to print their names and an environmental message on the bag.
    35. 35. 7. If you or a member of your family is involved in a civic group, scouting, or recreational sports program, encourage the group to become involved in a cleanup.
    36. 36. 8. Ask your neighbors and or friends to join you in cleaning up one public area where litter has accumulated.
    37. 37. 9. Find out how you can plant and maintain flowers along a curb or sidewalk. 10. Ask business owners to check their dumpsters every day to make sure tops and side doors are closed.
    38. 38. 11. Ask business owners for cans in front of their business with a sign 12. If you own a construction or hauling business, make sure your trucks are covered when transporting material to and from sites.
    39. 39. Application
    40. 40. 1st part I went to Mrs. Miller’s second grade class and taught them a lesson on littering
    41. 41. 2nd part i took the class up to the park for a Park Pick-Up
    42. 42. Video