Littering has an omnipresent issue since the dawn of civilization. Throughout our history, humans have thrown their unwanted materials onto streets, in dumps or just in remote areas. Sanitation only emerged into a government priority once in the mid-to-late 19th century; it was at this time that the growing piles of waste were leading to the spread of disease.
Other than the proliferation of disease, various problems also stem from littering with negative multiplier effects. Environmental impacts are of acuteness; through spoiling the quality of water to poisoning the land to damaging the ecosystem. The economy also takes a toll with litter’s visual pollution deterring tourists away from the country. Furthermore, it continues the ‘culture of irresponsibility’; people are either not aware of the profound effects of their actions or are too lazy to care even with the knowledge. The issue of waste management at an individual and national level is intertwined with littering as well.
In today’s world, the lack of management in development contributes to more to this issue, seen in that the top littering countries are from developed nations [https://infogr.am/top_5_countries_with_most_litter]. If we do not create the sense of awareness and responsibility to be instilled in ourselves, litter might as well be our legacy to future generations: Our ‘memoirs’ to them in the form of soda cans and plastic bags.