Why Do People Litter?
Posted by Luke on June 10, 2010
Are people really that lazy? Is it accidental? Or do they just not care? I’m always amazed when I see litter on the ground, especially when there’s a trash can nearby.
We’re all aware of the swelling size of the Pacific Garbage Patch. Cleaning up litter on the ground is a lot easier than cleaning up litter in the ocean. We can all rent boats and sail to “the patch” and troll for garbage. That could take a while. I definitely applaud groups who are doing exactly that though.
But the root problem of the Great Garbage Patch is that people litter. I just can’t figure out why. If we can stop people from littering, we’d prevent another “Patch” from forming. Maybe I’m writing this post a little too late because an Atlantic Garbage Patch was just found in the Bermuda Triangle of all places.
One organization that is trying to address the root problem of people littering is California State Parks. They recently held an event at Carlsbad State Beach (a popular location for professional surf tournaments) to educate people about the problems of littering and to clean up the beaches. Jim Hayes, an Eco-Products employee who lives in Southern California, gave up his weekend to participate and I want to recognize Jim and the other 200+ volunteers for their efforts. They picked up hundreds of bags of litter. Nice job. You’ve set a great example.