Most Commonly Littered Items In Society (Land, Rivers, Beaches, Oceans)

Most Commonly Littered Items In Society (Land, Rivers, Beaches, Oceans)

This is a short guide where we identify the most commonly littered items in society.

It might be useful in identifying the types of waste we need to be more mindful of if we are to reduce littering pollution in society.

 

Summary – Most Commonly Littered Items In Society

Plastic items, and cigarette butts seem to be by far the most littered items on land and beaches.

In the ocean, plastic, fishing gear, and industrial rubbish are found in high quantities.

In rivers, it’s cigarette butts, plastic and aluminum cans.

 

What Littered Items Are Found On Land, On Beaches, In Oceans, & In Rivers?

Some of the most common items found on beaches are:

  • Cigarettes
  • Caps/Lids
  • Plastic Beverage Bottles
  • Plastic Bags
  • Food Wrappers/Containers
  • Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons
  • Glass Beverage Bottles
  • Straws, Stirrers
  • Beverage Cans
  • Paper Bags

– bettermeetsreality.com

 

  • Fishing gear, industrial material, washed off plastic and land origin garbage are commonly found in oceans

– bettermeetsreality.com

 

On World Clean Up Day, the top 10 items picked up by Ocean Conservancy Volunteers were:

  • 1. Cigarette Butts
  • 2. Food Wrappers (Candy Wrappers, Energy Bar Wrappers)
  • 3. Plastic Bottles
  • 4. Plastic Bottle Caps
  • 5. Plastic Grocery Bags
  • 6. Other Plastic Bags
  • 7. Straws
  • 8. Plastic Takeout Containers
  • 9. Plastic Lids
  • 10. Foam Takeout Containers

– keeptruckeegreen.org

 

According to Keep America Beautiful, some of the most littered items are:

  • Cigarette butts
  • Paper
  • Food wrappers and cups
  • Napkins/tissues
  • Food itself
  • Receipts  
  • Gum wrappers
  • Plastic bottles
  • Beverage cans

– usatoday.com

 

Some of the most common items found at river cleanups are:

  • Cigarette butts
  • Plastic bottles and bottle caps
  • Food packaging
  • Plastic bags
  • Aluminum cans

– ecowatch.com

 

According to geelongaustralia.com.au, and the Victorian Litter Action Alliance, the most commonly littered items in Victoria, Australia are:

  1. cigarette butts
  2. glass bottles (alcohol and soft drink)
  3. plastic bottles/ PET drink bottles
  4. aluminium cans (alcohol and soft drink)
  5. plastic bags.

 

When, How & Why People Litter

You can read a case study about when, how and why people litter at https://www.litter.vic.gov.au/About-litter/Littering-behaviour 

Another case study can be read at https://www.kab.org/sites/default/files/News%26Info_Research_LitteringBehaviorinAmerica_2009Report_Final.pdf

 

Sources

1. https://www.bettermeetsreality.com/most-common-types-of-waste-found-in-oceans-on-beaches/ 

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litter 

3. https://www.keeptruckeegreen.org/top-10-littered-items/ 

4. https://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/litter/article/item/8d0ba68c7e6e9a6.aspx

5. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/09/plastic-straws-litter-common-trash-common-america/840806002/ 

6. https://www.ecowatch.com/river-cleanup-project-2528894331.html

7. https://www.litter.vic.gov.au/About-litter/Littering-behaviour

8. https://www.kab.org/sites/default/files/News%26Info_Research_LitteringBehaviorinAmerica_2009Report_Final.pdf

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