The City of Manassas is not alone in facing litter problems. Research shows that every U.S. state and many countries have implemented programs to address the many factors contributing to litter. The programs share common approaches, including physical clean-ups by government and volunteer organizations, effective enforcement, community involvement, enhanced legislation, and public education programs.
Litter results in significant economic, social, and environmental costs. It is aesthetically displeasing, presents a range of threats to human and ecologic health, and affects the quality of life for the citizens in the City.
Litter increases the risk of fire, personal injury, the spread of diseases, pollutes waterways, and threatens wildlife. The impacts are real, the issue is genuine, and litter is increasingly being recognized as an issue of concern with citizens.
Litter is deposited on land or in waterways if it is placed, put, left, dropped, thrown; or, is allowed to fall there or be blown from a moving motorized vehicle or trailer.
With respect to litter, there are five definition types of
People litter for any number of reasons, they:
Litter is often directly related to a specific type of activity being undertaken, such as walking to/from school, attending a sporting activity, working at a building site, driving to/from work, eating lunch in the park. Smokers, who may not ordinarily intentionally litter, frequently discard cigarette butts onto the ground from moving vehicles or while walking.
Littering happens when items are thrown, dropped and flicked as people drive or walk by. According to Keep America Beautiful, virtually all litter—97%--found at transition areas are small items. Confection litter (candy, chocolate, gum, etc.) is the most predominant at 53.7%, and tobacco products second at 29.8%.
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