What Are Some Facts for Kids About Littering?

Some facts that can be used to teach children about the negative impacts of littering are the amount of garbage that is dumped into the ocean each year, its illegality, the main causes of littering and the most common objects that are littered. Littering is defined as a person throwing trash on the ground instead of putting it in a designated receptacle.

Billions of tons of trash are dumped into the ocean each year. It causes a negative impact on the ocean's ecosystem and endangers numerous oceanic species. The Great Pacific garbage patch is an area of the ocean with a very high concentration of debris floating. It is reported to be about the size of the state of Texas.

Parents should teach their children about the laws and fines regarding littering in their areas.

The main causes of littering are laziness, not knowing about the negative impact of littering, trash cans being full not having enough trash bins in an area. Another reason why some people litter is that they don't think that their actions as individuals littering makes a significant difference.

The most common objects that are littered are fast food wrappers, paper, aluminum cans, glass and plastic.