LITTER LESS
 
INTRODUCTION
The Litter less campaign is implemented through Foundation for Environmental Education's Eco-Schools Program under CECOD with the support from Wrigley Company Foundation aiming at promoting sustainable waste management in schools and communities.

The project is now under implementation in collaboration with nine districts of Uganda namely: Kampala, Mbarara, Sheema, Wakiso, Mukono, Masaka, Buikwe Luwero, and Bukomansimbi with a coordinating office based in Kampala.

Litter Definition
You can define litter in many ways; In this campaign litter is defined as Waste in the wrong place’.
Why Litter less Campaign?
The aim of the Litter Less Campaign is to reduce litter and affect long-term behavior change among global youth.

Examples of litter:
Litter includes Used paper from classes, Used plastic bottles, synthetic materials, such as those associated with smoking, Used Polyethen papers, and materials that will eventually decay, such as food waste and animal waste & Peelings
The reasons people might litter include:
  • Laziness
  • Poor design and location of garbage cans.
  • Insufficient rubbish bins & Pits
  • Habit and forgetfulness.
  • Litter less campaigns identifies areas with a lot of waste/litter and these are:
    • Town Centre’s
    • School compound & Routes to schools
    • Fences around schools and garden beds
    • Play areas and parks where groups gather
    • Railway stations
    • Car parks
    • Shopping areas
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      Impact/ Disadvantages of litter
      Litter can cause harm and create problems for people, animals and Environment
      Here are some of the major impacts:
      • Food litter can attract rats and flies, which spread disease. It is a breeding ground for disease-causing insects and rodents.
      • Accumulated paper litter and cigarette butts are fire hazards.
      • Litter can harm or kill wildlife
      • Litter harms our waterways hence cause floods especially in urban areas.
      • According to UNEP, 6.4 million tons of litter winds up in the oceans per year. Animals may get trapped or poisoned with litter in their habitats.
      • Removing litter from the environment costs everyone money
      • Litter sends a message that people do not care for the environment and that affect the future generation.
      How long waste /litter take to decay.
      It often takes a long time before litter from the environment disappears. Here are some examples that show how long it takes before litter disappears:
      • Paper – 6 months
      • Cigarette butts – 2-5 years
      • Banana peel – 3 months
      • Plastic bottles & Polyethen shopping bag – 10-30 years
      • Gum – 20-25 years
      • Aluminum Can – 200-400 years