University of Florida

Sources of Pollution: Trash

Discarded trash such as plastics, wrappers, and cigarettes may take years to decompose and may leach harmful chemicals into the environment. Trash also degrades the beauty of an area. Volunteers who participated in 2004 drain marking event on campus saw more cigarettes near drains than any other type of pollution.

The picture at the top of this page was taken in 2004 at a campus creek and shows the visual signs of trash on our environment.

What You Can Do About Trash