What is Littering?

Littering is the increasingly prevalent bad habit of thoughtlessly throwing away or leaving rubbish lying around in public places instead of using the rubbish bins or wastepaper baskets provided.

Littering does NOT imply the illegal disposal of waste from homes, industry or trade operations, intending to avoid the conventional costs of waste disposal. In April 2004, a highly regarded study on littering by the University of Basel ('Program MGU') published the above chart showing the categories of rubbish discarded through littering and their fractions




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