Litter Facts & LinksFacts about littering and links to other websites with litter facts.

Americans smoked 470 billion cigarettes in 1998, according to government estimates. In one year, that leaves an estimated 176 million pounds of cigarette butts.

Website:  http://www.AZCentral.com

The Arizona Republic | | Tags : Litter Facts The Arizona Republic


[Cigarette butts] also present a threat to wildlife. Cigarette filters have been found in the stomachs of fish, birds, whales and other marine creatures who mistake them for food ... Composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, cigarette butts can persist in the environment as long as other forms of plastic.

Website:  http://www.lwc.edu/cleanva/

Clean Virginia Waterways | | Tags : Litter Facts Clean Virginia Waterways


Each year more than 1 billion pieces of litter will accumulate on Texas highways. Of those, 13 percent are cigarette butts. That means 130 million butts will be tossed out in Texas alone this year

Website:  http://www.dot.state.tx.us/txdot.htm

Texas Department of Transportation | | Tags : Litter Facts Texas Department of Transportation


The most COMMONLY littered item is the cigarette butt? Many smokers believe that cigarette butts are not litter - and decompose quickly. THIS IS WRONG. The plastic filters can take up to 15 years to decompose!!

Website:  http://www.allentownrecycles.org/dont_trash/facts.jsp

Allentown Recycles | | Tags : Litter Facts Allentown Recycles


Cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris USA has, for the first time, acknowledged that “cigarette butts are a common form of litter” and that “improper disposal of cigarette butts in outdoor areas is unsightly and can pose a danger to marine creatures and wildlife.” They point to statistics collected from the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, which has consistently ranked cigarettes as the most littered item found.

Website:  http://www.life.ca/nl/85/butts.html

Natural Life | | Tags : Litter Facts Natural Life


Under California Health & Safety Code 13002 it is illegal to discard a cigarette butt on public or private property. Yet the 2000 California Coastal Cleanup data collection results revealed that more than 230,000 cigarette butts were collected in just one day.

Website:  http://www.seaotters.org/CurrentIssues/index.cfm?DocID=180

Friends of the Sea Otter | | Tags : Litter Facts Friends of the Sea Otter


Over 4.5 trillion cigarettes are littered worldwide each year.

Website:  http://www.seaotters.org/CurrentIssues/index.cfm?DocID=180

Friends of the Sea Otter | | Tags : Litter Facts Friends of the Sea Otter


Many smokers do not believe that littering their cigarette butts has an environmental impact or is inappropriate behavior.

Website:  http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/nomoretrash/facts/

No More Trash Online | | Tags : Litter Facts No More Trash Online


Many smokers blame their littering behavior on a lack of well-placed bins for cigarette butts.

Website:  http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/nomoretrash/facts/

No More Trash Online | | Tags : Litter Facts No More Trash Online


Over 80% of smokers said they would bin their butts if suitable bins were available (three key areas for more bins were alongside every ordinary litterbin, at entrances to large city buildings and at bus stops).

Website:  http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/nomoretrash/facts/

No More Trash Online | | Tags : Litter Facts No More Trash Online


Over half of smokers said they would change their behavior if they were more aware of the issues and their potential environmental impact.

Website:  http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/nomoretrash/facts/

No More Trash Online | | Tags : Litter Facts No More Trash Online


Littered cigarette filters contain toxic chemicals that leak into the air and water.

Website:  http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/nomoretrash/facts/

No More Trash Online | | Tags : Litter Facts No More Trash Online


As one of the smallest pieces of litter, cigarette litter represents over 20% of the litter collected in many community cleanup initiatives.

Website:  http://www.kab.org/littercigs.htm

Keep American Beautiful | | Tags : Litter Facts Keep American Beautiful


Cigarette butts are not considered when addressing litter cleanups programs. However, they are the most littered item in the world and are toxic to the environment.

Website:  http://www.wvdot.com/3_roadways/3c1b_litter.htm

State of West Virginia DOT | | Tags : Litter Facts State of West Virginia DOT


The filters in cigarette butts are made from cellulose acetate, a form of NON-biodegradable plastic. It takes about 15 years for a cigarette butt to break down in the environment. Pollutants contained in the butts can affect water quality.

Website:  http://www.smalltrash.com/Show%20Me.html

SmallTrash.com | | Tags : Litter Facts SmallTrash.com


Cigarette Butts threaten wildlife and aquatic animals that can mistake them for food. If filters block their digestive tract, animals may become ill or even starve. Animals will also ingest hazardous compounds such as cadmium, arsenic and lead that have been absorbed by the filters.

Website:  http://www.smalltrash.com/Show%20Me.html

SmallTrash.com | | Tags : Litter Facts SmallTrash.com


Each year the Ocean Conservancy sponsors the International Coastal Cleanup, where volunteers collect and count refuse on beaches and waterways. In 2001, cigarette butts were the most commonly littered item on beaches. Besides being unsightly, cigarette butts can pose a danger to wildlife.

Website:  http://www.philipmorrisusa.com/policies_practices/litter.asp

Phillip Morris USA | | Tags : Litter Facts Phillip Morris USA


It is estimated that several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year. That's billions of cigarettes flicked, one at a time, on our sidewalks, beaches, nature trails, gardens, and other public places every single day. In fact, cigarettes are the most littered item in America and the world.

Website:  http://www.cigarettelitter.org/

CigaretteLitter.org | | Tags : Litter Facts CigaretteLitter.org


Operating from March 1997 to December of 1999 the Highway Litter Hotline recorded the license plate numbers of 25,000 Litterbugs and notified them that someone driving their vehicles had been observed littering.

Website:  http://www.LitterBug.org

LitterBug.org | | Tags : Litter Facts LitterBug.org


At the close of its third year of operation, the Litter Hotline had close to 400 steady callers who regularly reported Litterbugs and other litter problems.

Website:  http://www.LitterBug.org

LitterBug.org | | Tags : Litter Facts LitterBug.org


Litter causes thousands of auto accidents each year, and as many bicycle accidents, with damage to tires and tubes costing millions of dollars.

Website:  http://www.LitterBug.org

LitterBug.org | | Tags : Litter Facts LitterBug.org


Each year thousands of animals strangle or choke from litter.

Website:  http://www.LitterBug.org

LitterBug.org | | Tags : Litter Facts LitterBug.org


Every 12 minutes a fire starts in litter.

Website:  http://www.LitterBug.org

LitterBug.org | | Tags : Litter Facts LitterBug.org


Many state agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Fish and Game Commission, the Turnpike Commission, the Boat Commission, spend millions of dollars on education and clean up in an effort to combat the litter problem.

Website:  http://www.LitterBug.org

LitterBug.org | | Tags : Litter Facts LitterBug.org


Litter reduces property values because its sends a message that the community no longer takes pride in its appearance.

Website:  http://www.LitterBug.org

LitterBug.org | | Tags : Litter Facts LitterBug.org


Litter is a serious problem in Pennsylvania because it impacts public health, business, tourism and property values and uses taxpayer dollars and energy that could be put to better use.

Website:  http://www.LitterBug.org

LitterBug.org | | Tags : Litter Facts LitterBug.org


Litter is a source of more than 2500 fires annually in urban areas.

Website:  http://www.LitterBug.org

LitterBug.org | | Tags : Litter Facts LitterBug.org


Annually, Washington State DOT spends $1,250,000 to pick up and dispose of litter statewide.

Website:  http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traveler/litter.htm

Washington State DOT | | Tags : Litter Facts Washington State DOT


The person who does so is guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction, may be sentenced to either or both:
  1. To pay a fine of not more than $300.
  2. To pick up and remove litter from public or private property...for not less than 8 hours nor more than 16 hours for the first conviction.

Website:  http://www.cleanpaforests.org/enforcement/lawstable.html

CleanPAForests.org | | Tags : Litter Facts CleanPAForests.org


Last year (2003), nearly 200,000 participants collected 4.1 million pounds of trash [in Pennslyvania]

Website:  www.dep.state.pa.us/earthdaycentral

Dick Ebeling, PennDOT's beautification program manager | | Tags : Litter Facts Dick Ebeling, PennDOT's beautification program manager


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