Monday, June 25, 2007

The costly price of litter.

The people who drop litter do not think of the cost that has to be paid by everyone. It is not just the cost of the council employing people to pick up discarded crisp packets and plastic drink bottles. There is the cost of discarded nails and screws. People who do a do-it-yourself job or cowboy tradesmen who do not guard their materials and scatter loose nails or screws that then end up on the road.

My new car has done only 3,264 miles and what has happened? I have been robbed of £32.96 because some careless person has discarded a screw that was picked up by my nearside rear tyre. The only way to deal with a puncture of this type is to replace the tyre with a new one. So that is an avoidable expense of £32.96 plus the time taken to change the wheel and obtain a new tyre.

All because somebody cannot be bothered to guard their materials.
According to the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) organization, more than 51 billion pieces of litter land on roadways across the United States every year. In addition to monumental cleanup costs, this pileup of litter harms the environment, including the earth's natural resources and ecosystems.
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