October 14, 2010
What is littering? Littering is defined as objects strewn or scattered about; scattered rubbish. (“Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus” 157) Littering is a bigger deal than people make it out to be. Yes, we have prisoners and volunteers that work on the side of the road and pick up trash, but, that doesn’t make it right. No one likes a trashy yard, so why trash someone else’s? Carelessly discarding garbage affects everyone. Our waterways become damaged from litter, litter causes harm to people as well as animals, and the result shows that we don’t care about our environment.
The primary sources of litter are pedestrians dropping garbage in the street or gutters, motorist discarding garbage out their windows, household refuse disposal and collection, commercial refuse and disposal, construction projects, people at leisure, entertainment events, illegal dumping, or intentional littering. (“Effects of Littering”) Every person that litters doesn’t get caught, although, everyone who litters should be punished.
Effects of littering include making an area look terrible, attracting bacteria and vermin which endangers our health, sharp objects or broken glass can be dangerous in the public, and animals can mistake rubbish for food and choke. Children don’t really understand the effects of littering, therefore, they don’t count in this particular punishment. However many adults and teenagers do understand, but, they continue to do it. Those adults, those teenagers; those people should be punished. A big punishment should come their way for all the harm and damage they are creating. People who litter should have many different punishments. First, they should be held by the legs while they walk on their hands, picking up trash with their mouth. This will be in the “wheel-barrel racing” form. Obviously, they cannot eat plastic and aluminum. Howvever, they will be forced to eat any left-over littered food. They will be forced to drink...