The global litter problem is massive and can seem overwhelming - but tackling it is not nearly as difficult as it seems, all you need to do is get started & here are some tips!
The single easiest way to tackle the litter problem is to produce less waste in the first place. The number one source of litter is waste packaging. There are a number of ways to reduce the waste you generate but the simplest one of all is to consume less.
The next best thing is to choose products that have minimal packaging of a recyclable or biodegradable nature. Which ever method of litter prevention suits you best, it will work even better of you can bring friends and family on board!
Spread the word and share your reasons for preventing litter, you will be making a change and spreading change by changing mindsets and paradigms.
In terms of making a change, more important even than cleaning up is raising awareness, challenging the acceptance of kerb side litter and pressuring local authorities to legislate or enforce existing legislation. But don't do it alone, join an existing group or create your own - many voices are louder than one.
The action of publicly cleaning up litter, in public places is an act of advocacy, which speaks louder than words. It highlights an issue that becomes as accepted as it is prevalent and damaging. By picking litter in public you make the statement that "Litter is not normal and it's not OK".
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
Next time you walk anywhere and spot a piece of litter on the ground, in a bush or on a bench - grab it and bin it! Remember to keep it safe and clean! Here are a few tools I use to make it easier:
From time to time, as I walk about town I spot a discarded box or wrapper and just pick it up and drop it in the nearest bin, but it's safer, more hygienic and highly recommended to use the right tools to make the job, quick fun and much easier. Here are my suggested Litter Hero clean up tools.