Defining litter, identifying the causes, and reducing it by organizing cleanups, and promoting proper handling of discarded waste in our communities.
Reducing the impact of solid waste in our communities through integrated programs including responsible consumerism, source reduction and reuse, recycling and education about landfills, composting and waste-to-energy.
Improving the visual aspects of our communities through programs that beautify and naturally clean our environment including community gardens, restoring vacant lots, highway and shoreline beautification, urban forests, native and wildflower plantings, and graffiti prevention and abatement.
Have you ever witnessed anyone throw thrash on the ground? Seen garbage in a parking lot? How about flick a cigarette from their car window at a stop light? I am sure everyone would be raising their hand right about now.
One of KBB's missions to change the mind set on littering.
Did you know, the cigarette butt is the MOST littered item in the world with 4.5 trillions being littered each year. Not billions, but TRILLIONS.
The numbers are startlingly but that is not the only crazy piece of information you will learn in this article. Did you know that it takes that cigarette butt 1 to 5 years to decompose? That is a whole lot of litter just lying around our earth.
Right now at this very second, someone is littering in our city. What happens when that piece of trash hits the ground? If it is not picked up, it stays right there and takes FOREVER to decompose. If it rains, it gets washed into a bayou or tributary which can enter the Red River which is most of Bossier City's drinking water. Say what?
As you can see from the above poster, a plastic water bottle (another highly littered item) takes 450 years to decompose. But even then, it turns into microplastics that our water life consumes. We've all seen the videos of birds dying because their bellies are full of plastic. Or how about the Sea turtle who eats plastic bags because they look like their main food source, jellyfish.
Litter is not only harmful to our animals and our earth, but it doesn't look good or make people feel safe. Companies shopping around for great cities to set up shop in look at the cleanliness of the city and more than not move on to another, cleaner, city.
There is a waaay bigger picture here folks and we are trying desperately to make residents more mindful of throwing trash where it belongs. If not we will be buried in it and nature's animals dying off in record numbers.
Learn more about how long it takes for litter to decompose.