Young women 'most likely to drop litter', says BusinessWaste.co.uk

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Women aged under 34 are more likely to drop litter in the streets even if there is a rubbish receptacle nearby, according to waste management specialist, BusinessWaste.co.uk.

Women aged under 34 are more likely to drop litter in the streets even if there is a rubbish receptacle nearby, according to waste management specialist, BusinessWaste.co.uk (http://businesswaste.co.uk).

The waste management specialist said that, following a phone and observational poll involving over 2500 UK residents, it found that young men are not far behind their female contemporaries while women over the age of 50 are least likely to drop litter.

"Young people are often slated for a lack of respect," said BusinessWaste.co.uk spokesman Mark Hall, "and sadly, our survey tends to back this up."

BusinessWaste.co.uk found that no single age group got off scot-free, with the survey team noting instances of otherwise respectable city businessmen throwing fast food wrappers in the street instead of finding a bin.

The worst age groups for dropping litter are:

  • Women 18-34
  • Men 18-34
  • Under 18s
  • Men 34-50

The best age groups for not dropping litter are said to be:

  • Women over 50
  • Men over 50
  • Women 34-50
  • Men and women over 70

BusinessWaste.co.uk found that the most likely litter dropped by the two  groups (both men and women under the age of 34) were:

  • Cigarette ends
  • Chocolate or snack wrappers
  • Fast food packaging
  • Leaflets and other paper

"It's almost like the message about anti-social behaviour hasn't got through," said BusinessWaste.co.uk’s Mark Hall. "Cigarette butts and chocolate wrappers have littered our streets for decades and it's a bad habit that people just can't shake."

Asked why they dropped litter in the street, respondents claimed that the lack of bins (or the fact that existing bins were full) was a major factor for their behaviour. Others said that while they were aware of the fact they could be fined it was a risk worth taking because – as one person said: "I've never once met anybody who's ever been caught."

"It seems that everybody's guilty, but some people are more guilty than others," said Hall. "And we think that where education's failing, more on-the-spot fines will succeed."


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