3 Commonly Littered Items That Hurt Animals
Posted on September 4th, 2018 by Residential Waste Systems
Littering is easy to do and not many people think twice when doing it, but if you saw how much litter can hurt the environment and the animals that live in it — more people would stop.
1) Six Pack Rings
Whether you’re buying soda or beer, a six-pack is usually held together by a set of plastic rings. This makes the cans easy to carry, while also allowing you to take one without breaking up the bunch.
Unfortunately, these plastic rings are oftentimes thrown into the trash or chucked aside where they will eventually end up in landfills or scattered elsewhere. Not only will this item not break down and remain littered in the world for years to come, but animals will get caught and tangled in these rings.
To prevent cats or raccoons from getting their heads caught or a sea animal from becoming tangled, always cut these rings with a scissor before placing it in the recycling bin.
2) Plastic Bags
There’s a reason why many stores throughout the country are starting to charge for each plastic bag used. It’s important we reduce the number of plastic bags we use, as our environment and landfills are filled with them.
Plastic bags can present even more problems due to their ability to be anywhere and everywhere! They can blow in the wind and relocate themselves to other areas — like the ocean for example.
Smaller land animals may confuse a plastic bag for a form of shelter that can cause suffocation, while ocean animals like whales, dolphins, turtles and even seagulls can mistake them for a source of food. Ingesting a plastic bag can cause severe stomach issues and suffocation (that can be fatal).
3) Cans, Bottles, and Jars
Almost all types of cans, bottles, and jars can be recycled. So the first step is to start recycling these items every time you use one! There are still too many people that are simply throwing these items in the trash or leaving them wherever when they’re finished — think about beer bottles in a parking lot after a concert or not cleaning up after a camping trip.
Wild animals (and even feral cats) can easily get their heads stuck in these cans, bottles, and jars as they look for food. This can lead to suffocation and cuts around their neck area.
It’s important to recycle your cans, bottles, and jars no matter where you are. And most importantly, ALWAYS bring any “empties” back home with you if you happened to use any while you’re out of the house.
Not only is your lack of recycling and obvious littering harming the environment — it’s also hurting the animals that live in it!
For those looking to learn more about how to responsibly recycle and remove trash from their home, don’t be afraid to give us a call. We love helping our community become a cleaner and safer place to live!