The Arizona Republic published a letter from MollyH (age 14) in which she complained about litter. I wrote the following reply.AzLitter.org would like to extend a Thank You to Molly Hoover (age 14) of Tempe for caring about litter. (Kudos also to the Republic for printing Molly's letter.) Molly lamented about how she observed an adult tossing a cigarette butt onto the ground. Without question cigarette butts are the number one form of litter and they are particularly nasty because they are micro-litter that can take a long time to degrade. Almost two years ago, AzLitter.org was on the Scottsdale Community College and it observed that many students would flick their cigarette butts into a rocky area prior to entering the classroom. This rectangular rocky area approximated twenty-five feet by four feet. AzLitter.org did a litter patrol on this 100 square foot area and it found 423 butts (4.23 butts per square foot). Pictures of this AzLitter.org outing can be viewed at http://azlitter.org/adopt-a-campus/hiddenlitter.html Molly ended her letter saying: "When people of this day and age decide littering is an unimportant problem, it is a sad time in America." AzLitter.org agrees and it hopes more young people will follow Molly's lead and take a stand against litter.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 23 January 2006