Why Is Litter a Problem?

Litter hurts the environment and may even cause traffic accidents. It's also an eyesore that costs the government money to clean up.

When trash is thrown from a car, it may hit another car's windshield — a distraction that could cause an accident. Running over litter or trying to avoid litter can also lead to vehicle accidents. According to Don't Trash Arizona, about 25,000 car accidents each year are a result of litter on roads.

Litter can be harmful to animals, who may try to swallow pieces of trash or become entangled in it. These situations can lead to death. Decomposing litter can contaminate water supplies as well as harming plant life.

It costs the government billions of dollars every year to get litter picked up. Littering can also cause surrounding property prices to drop.