It is disgusting when people are so self-centered and ignorant. They drive expensive cars, that they keep clean, but find it ok to just throw their trash out of the window. Being familiar with Russians’ mentality, I don’t find the girl’s lesson atrocious. She says she wants to live in a clean city and no litterer will go unpunished. Most people are unaware of littering fines. In the United States the fine for littering is more than $500, community service, or both. Most highways and national parks are punishable with $1,000 fine or 1 year in prison if serious damages occurred. In some areas, the penalties for highway littering can be up to $10,000. Litter is very expensive. Clean communities have a better chance of attracting new business, residents and tourists. Also a lot of fires start because of dropped or dumped litter causing damage worth millions of dollars every year. Litter hurts people and animals. Every year there are numerous vehicle accidents caused by litter. Litter harms water quality, farming, it attracts scavengers, such as rats, raccoons, that carry rabies and numerous diseases.
Litter is a problem that can be controlled. Education is the most important tool. People who are aware of the dangers of litter are more likely to spread the word and follow the litter-free rules.