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Litter Awareness

As we look around our beautiful country we all too often see plastic bottles, cans, glass bottles, polystyrene containers and cups, plastic, paper and a whole lot of other rubbish littering our streets, our parks, alongside our highways, our neighbourhoods, our shopping areas, our rivers and many other places in our environment.

No waste company is can keep a town or city clean when residents litter and dump illegally randomly. If residents join in in cleaning up their environment and then keep it clean, we win because we have a cleaner, safer and more hygienic city or town.


Does it matter if we litter?

With so many other important issues such as crime and violent crime, AIDS, child abuse, joblessness should we care about whether we put our litter in the bin (or recycle where possible.) Should we care if South Africa and the environment in which we live are kept clean?

YES
It does matter and we should care.

WHY?
Litter is both an environmental and a
social issue.

  It's unsightly
     It reduces the aesthetic appeal
       of public places including streets,
       parks and waterways.

  It costs the community huge sums
    of money and time to clean up every
    year.

  It causes blockages of the drainage
    system and causes flooding
      which costs councils millions of rand
        to repair. This is money that can
        be better spent on housing and
        education.

  When it gets into our waterways - rivers, dams and the sea - it can kill
    aquatic life
      directly (eg. through choking) and indirectly through its impacts on
        water quality.

  It decreases oxygen levels when it decays in water.

  It kills rivers
      and as water is such a precious resource, and we have a limited
        supply, we need to preserve and cherish our rivers and waterways;
      which are the lifeblood of the environment. They provide homes for
        wildlife and plants, water supplies for homes, industries and farms,
        and places of recreation and enjoyment for us all.

  It can be dangerous to people
      particularly when it involves items such as broken glass, rust, needles
       and syringes.

  It can be a fire hazard
      for example when lit cigarettes are thrown out.

  It harms birds
      for example they may choke on plastic, chewing gum or any other
        litter that gets stuck in their throats.

  It breeds rats
      who carry diseases, destroy and eat crops and food, chew electrical
        and telephone cables.

  It encourages illness.

  It encourages crime
      as areas that are not taken care of are seen to be unprotected and
        therefore easier crime targets.

  It manifests in a culture of disrespect for others and areas that are
    shared by others

  It diminishes the pride people have in their environment.

  It creates a culture of lack of caring.

  It costs the council a lot more money to clean up the litter than it costs
    them to empty bins.

Why do people litter?

  They lack self respect - they don't
    care about themselves and therefore
    don't think that it's important that
    they live in a clean environment.

  They lack respect for others - they
    don't care how their actions and
    behaviour impacts on others, and
    therefore don't think about how
    their littering effects others.

  Lack of respect for the environment -
    they don't care what the impact of
    their littering has on the environ-
    ment in which they live.

  They don't want to take responsibility
    for cleaning up after themselves
    and taking care of their environment.

  They are lazy - it's easier to leave their rubbish on the ground, or throw
    it on the floor than find a bin.

  They think it's someone's job or they think they are creating work. (This
    is not correct, as so much litter is not collected and it causes environ-
    mental problems.)
Imagine it is your turn at home to wash the dishes. Your family doesn't put their crockery and cutlery in the sink, but they leave each item lying around the house. You would need to go around and collect each plate, dish, cup, knife, fork, glass before you can wash the dishes. It's still your job to wash the dishes, only it takes longer and is more effort because no one helps by putting all the dishes in the sink.

Street cleaners and garbage collectors will still have their jobs - even if we don't litter. So let's be respectful and assist by putting our litter in the bin.
  They think it's acceptable in certain places to leave their litter.
    For example littering at places like cinema complexes, sports grounds,
    parks and theatres may incorrectly be seen as acceptable sites as
    someone is paid to clean up.

  And sometimes - they just don't know better.
Discuss other reasons you think people litter.
Do you litter? Why?

Would you throw your litter on the floor in your house? NO

Why? It's looks horrible and it's disrespectful to those we share our home with.

Our country is our extended home that we share with millions of others.
So respect those you share this country with - please keep it clean.

Please - Put your litter in the Bin!
BiNiT
Why put your litter in the bin?

  Litter left on the ground is unsightly.

  Also the wind picks up litter left on the ground and blows it around.
      It blows it into other areas. It blows it into areas that people care
        about.
      It makes the environment around us look ugly and uncared for.
      It gets into our waterways and negatively affects the quality of our
        water and kills the fish. It also breeds illnesses, breeds rats, effects
        birds and other animals, and causes many other problems in our
        environment.
      Areas filled with litter look like they are unattended to. Very often this
        attracts criminals because unattended areas are easier targets.

  Litter put into bins can be collected more efficiently by the garbage
    collectors -  whether municipal garbage collectors or those that empty
    the bins at parks, sports fields, shopping centre or anywhere else.

And what if there's no bin?

  Take your litter with you. Then put it in the bin at home or when you find
    a bin.
Take pride in

yourself &

Take pride in

your

environment

Keep South

Africa Litter

Free
What can we do to make a difference?

1.Awareness:

  Look around your living space - neighbourhood, in your streets, at your
    school - in the classroom and outside.

  Look in public places -your parks, playing fields, shopping areas, streets,
    alongside highways.

  Notice the amount and type of litter - plastic bottles, cans, packets, chip
    packets, sweets wrappers, ice-cream wrappers, papers, other plastic
    and a lot more.

  Notice if the litter is ever collected.

  Notice if there is more or less litter at any given time - like a picnic or a
    sports event, or music concert.

  Notice if there is more litter on weekends or during the week.

2.Action

  Put your litter in the rubbish bin and not on the ground.
      whether it's in the classroom, at home, the shops, the sports field, the
        Zoo, or anywhere else you may be
      whether it's your ice-cream paper and stick or your chewing gum
        wrappers, or your cold drink can or plastic bottle or food container or
        wrapping or paper or anything else you are throwing away.

  Pick up litter at home or at school and put it in the bin.

  Pick up your litter after any event, outing or picnic and put it in the bin -
    if there is no bin available, take it with you and put it in your bin at home.

  Keep a plastic bag handy - if you are out & about - pick up a few pieces
    of litter and put into the closest bin. Although it's not nice to pick up litter
    it will make you think twice about dropping your own litter.

  Don't throw your litter thrown out of cars.
      it's dangerous if it hits the car behind or next to you;
      or if it hits a pedestrian who is walking along the roadside
      and it makes an unsightly mess on the roadside

  Arrange a community, neighbourhood or school clean- up.

  Respect your clean environment.

  Encourage others to do the same.

3.Education

  Educate others on why not to litter.

  If you see someone littering, tell them to put their litter in the bin.

  Discuss with your families why one shouldn't litter.

  Discuss with your schools, religious or community halls why there need
    to be enough bins in the above areas.

  If you can't get bins from the council buy them.



Discuss ways that you think you can make a difference to the litter issue in South Africa. What would you commit to? Submit your suggestions to grace@greenworks.co.za


Create a poster for your school/community building that encourages everyone not to litter!


Co-ordinate a clean up within your community.
For more information contact grace@greenworks.co.za


Respect yourself and the space you live in
and the space you share with millions
of other people.
Respect others and the country you share with them.
Respect the environment. It's for everyone to share.





BiNiT

EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS! GOING GREEN WORKS!