Littering Statistics

Top 35 Shocking Littering Statistics

According to littering statistics, it appears as though a large percentage of the population feels as though the world is their garbage can as well as their ashtray.  Litter in your surroundings is a highly important issue because it doesn't just affect the Earth but also your health, family, pets and future generations.





While everyone is pretty much aware that they should not litter, it is still a problem.  Perhaps it is because some people don't fully understand the result of their actions.  Below are the top 35 most frustrating and disturbing littering statistics.

  1. Over 75 percent of Americans have admitted to littering over the past five years.
  1. People who eat food from fast food restaurants are some of the most frequent litterers.
  1. Houses for sale see less profit in litter-filled neighborhoods.
  1. One of the littering statistics that many people aren't aware of is that it is illegal and you could face fines if caught.
  1. Litter that is dumped in certain areas can stunt plant growth.
  1. Every year, millions of fish, birds and animals are killed from consuming or getting tangled up in litter with the biggest culprits being plastic bags and plastic six pack rings.
  1. Litter carries germs that are quickly and easily spread to humans through rodents.
  1. When litter is dropped in the streets, it travels into waterways through storm water systems.
  1. People are less likely to litter in a clean area.
  1. Litter clean up costs local and state governments billions of dollars.
  1. Most littering occurs in smoking areas, market sites and places of transport.

  1. Plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down.
  1. Men litter much more than women, even if there are garbage bins available.
  1. Not cleaning up after your dog is a form of littering.
  1. Cigarette butts account for over 50 percent of littered items.
  1. You can be arrested for littering a cigarette butt on a military base.
  1. Litter attracts litter.
  1. Broken glass cuts the feet of a multitude of animals such as foxes, raccoons, coyotes, badgers, squirrels, cats and dogs.
  1. Deer love sweets and bread and will often feed on littered leftovers however, much of this food can become contaminated and cause food poisoning.
  1. Chewing gum is a dangerous piece of litter that can not only kill animals that attempt to eat it but also get stuck to your shoes and bring germs into your car and home.
  1. Litter causes an abundance of traffic accidents by being thrown out of windows or flying out of truck beds.
  1. One of the most disturbing littering statistics is that nearly nine billion tons of debris end up in the oceans around the world every year.
  1. Litter is a fire hazard.
  1. Every cigarette butt takes at least 12 years to finally break down while it pollutes waterways and soil with lead, arsenic and cadmium.

  1. More than two million cigarettes are littered in the United States every day.
  1. One in three cigarettes ends up as litter.
  1. Cigarette butt litter has substantially increased in areas implementing indoor smoking bans.
  1. One out of four adults that litter will deny their actions when confronted.
  1. Children and teenagers are under 15 are less likely to litter.
  1. People over 25 tend to litter when they are alone but won't if people are watching.
  1. Over 28 percent of ocean debris is cigarette butts.
  1. Littered cigarette butts in America could build a seven feet wide highway of butts across the country.
  1. More than 60 percent of people think that banana peels and apple cores are not litter.
  1. Nearly 10 percent of men say that they litter everyday.
  1. 81 percent of litterers admit that higher fines and stricter laws would stop them from littering.