Litter Prevention

Research and experience prove that litter, which is the intentional or unintentional pollution resulting from consumer waste products being carelessly handled or improperly disposed, attracts more litter. A clean community, by contrast, discourages littering, and raises local living standards and quality of life.

Litter is the result of too little attention to how waste is handled, the careless and casual handling of waste creates litter. Knowing more about the causes of litter and where it comes from is a good place to start in addressing litter prevention.

Litter Locations
Because Hamilton believes litter is often a starting point for other community blight and that everyone shares a personal responsibility to help prevent litter in their community, we encourage solutions that involve public education and volunteer action. Knowing more about the causes of litter and where it comes from is a good place to start in addressing litter prevention. Even one person, one business, one organization can positively affect the behavior of others in their community.

Why Litter

People tend to litter because they feel no sense of personal ownership. In addition, even though areas such as parks and beaches are public property, people often believe that someone else, a park maintenance or highway worker, will take responsibility to pick up litter that has accumulated over time. Because any and all items used in human activity have a potential of being littered, the scale of this issue is significant.

Categories
Areas most likely to be littered fall into 4 categories:
  • High Traffic and Everyday Locations
  • Roadways and Highways
  • Special Event Venues
  • Transition Points
  1. High Traffic & Everyday Spots
  2. Roadways & Highways
  3. Special Event Venues
  4. Transition Points
High Traffic & Everyday Locations
High traffic and everyday locations are fast food businesses and delis, convenience stores, picnic grounds, park benches, and other high pedestrian traffic areas. Every community has businesses selling consumable products that generate packaging waste.

Every community has benches in parks as well as seating at bus stops and picnic areas where people will congregate. These spots need properly maintained ash/trash receptacles nearby that are easily identified. The receptacles need to be maintained and serviced regularly.