Littering is a habit and occurs when people deliberately or carelessly dispose of solid waste improperly. Disposing of all waste properly, recycling everything you can and reducing the amount of waste you create helps. Litter drives down property values, and is a deterrent to new business and tourism. There is strong evidence that uncollected trash and other types of physical disorder like graffiti and abandoned vehicles make people feel unsafe and attracts crime. Keep America Beautiful recommend the following to prevent litter:
Always use a vehicle litter bag or otherwise secure items inside a vehicle. It is against the law to throw trash from a vehicle. This includes cigarette butts. Litter creates an eyesore and unnecessary work for government workers or volunteers. "Floatable" trash often ends up in our creeks and rivers. If litter lands on a surface where rainwater can flow - like a street, sidewalk or parking lot, there is a very good chance it will travel to a creek or the river through the stormwater system.
Commercial dumpsters are a major source of litter. If your business has a commercial dumpster, please keep the area around the dumpster clean and protect it from illegal use. When it is full have it emptied promptly. Arrange with the waste hauler to lock the container. If your dumpster is being consistently used illegally, contact city or county litter control officers to investigate. Litter near an overflowing dumster is scattered like any other trash - by weather and animals.