Don‘t know much about litter? Let’s go to school.


  • 1.9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year.
  • $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter.
  • 50% of littered items are cigarette butts.
  • In a poll conducted in the State of Tennessee, 50% of smokers claimed they properly disposed of their cigarette butts in ash receptacles or trash cans.
  • 75% of people admitted that they littered in the past 5 years.
  • The most common object found during litter clean-up is fast food litter.
  • Men are likely to litter more than women do, according to a survey conducted in Tennessee.
  • According to a national study, most people who would deliberately litter are those between 18-34 years old.
  • The West Virginia Department of Transportation listed eight sources of litters which include motorists, pedestrians, uncovered trucks, and boaters.

Source: (November 18, 2013)