What are the environmental consequences of littering?



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    It depends on what you litter, but you could leach hazardous chemicals into water supplies, choke marine animals or ducks, and generally make your city less beautiful.

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    There are many depending on the object – non-decomposable materials can end up almost anywhere when not properly disposed of and damage wildlife as a choking hazard (Sea Turtles and Plastic bags) or cause them to get stuck (Six Pack Rings/Mono Filament and birds) – As well as simply taking away from the beauty of the organic world around us. Additionally, depending on composition – certain materials can leech chemicals or hormones into the water supply further damaging wildlife as well as threatening humans.

    Decomposable waste also needs to be considered as it can create bilogical hazards such as bacterial infection or prevalence of scavengers (Insects to Raccoons to Coyotes) when not disposed of properly.

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    Littering creates a variety of problems. The exact amount of damage done by littering depends on what items are being discarded. Litter can degrade water quality, items that are thrown on streets and sidewalks often end up in rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Certain types of litter can leech chemicals into the water and cause algal blooms which deplete the dissolved oxygen content. This can cause problems from aquatic wildlife and animals that depend on aquatic wildlife for food. Litter can also directly harm wildlife species. Animals can step on broken glass bottles and cut themselves on aluminum cans, which can lead to infection. Animals can also accidentally ingest litter such as plastic which could lead to starvation.

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