Litter is the result of the improper disposal of trash.  It has very negative environmental impacts including:

  • Attracting rodents and insects which may breed disease;
  • Polluting streams and lakes that flow to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay;
  • Killing fish and wildlife;
  • Destroying scenic vistas.

The Keep America Beautiful Foundation estimates that 51 billion pieces of litter are thrown out every year at an annual clean-up cost of $11.5 billion.

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