Is this littering?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/12/2011 ( 35 moms have responded )

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Ok, so I am in the habit that if I am driving, eating a banana, apple, nectarine...any fruit...when i am done, I toss it into the woods from my car. I know someone that did the exact same thing (can't remember what kind of fruit it was) and got a ticket for littering.



Is this littering?



I never really thought so, because other animals can eat it, and it is natural so it we decompose rapidly. If I cannot throw it into the woods, I don't toss it....I would rather not make a curious animal come onto the highway to get yummies.



What do you consider littering?

What is not?

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Amie - posted on 08/14/2011

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Oh and we live on an acreage that's near a highway, so picking up other people's crap (food or otherwise) gets to be a real pain. Especially when it's attracting animals that shouldn't be so near our yard.

Lady Heather - posted on 08/13/2011

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I think it is and my husband thinks it isn't. We always fight about it on road trips. ha.

You know what is littering? Cigarette butts. omg there are so many on the street and even in my own damn non-smoking yard. Gross.

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Yea, if i were in town that would be different. On the sidewalk where people can see it is a lot different then throwing it in the woods where the only real foot traffic is wildlife.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/12/2011

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I have no issue with throwing fruit remains out a window. I really have a hard time seeing this as littering. I usually make sure I huck it into the woods. NOT on the side of the road. I don't think it is the same as dropping a banana peel on the sidewalk...THAT is littering. Big diff.

Rosie - posted on 08/12/2011

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like everyone else i don't consider it littering, although i can kinda see why it is considered to be.

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/14/2011

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I only throw food (Oh man that sounds bad! )out on the highway and I haven't done it since I moved to Canada. I don't understand why people litter up here because there are trashbins along the sidewalks where I live.

Amie - posted on 08/14/2011

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Yes, for exactly the reasons Sharon pointed out.

I don't throw anything out my windows. I have garbage cans in my vehicles. It all gets hauled home and into the garbage or the compost bin if that's where it should be.

Our garbage is kept in sealed containers in the garage until dump day and our compost bin has heavy gauge wire on the sides and the rest is wood. Wild animals have an abundance of food, even in the winter. They know where to go and how to get it. They don't need humans feeding them.

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I was at teh Grand Canyon recently and was listenting to one of the park Rangers discuss the difference between littering and composting. Liek others pointed out, composting in your private yard is definately one method to reuse your biodegradeable trash. Pitching it into the woods, might seem like another option, until I listened to the ranger and it made sense to me. If a food item is not naturally native to the ecosystem (a banana peel, apple core, partially eaten fruit, etc) and everyone deposits their biodegradeable trash, the ecosystem's balance can be swayed. Those types of vegetation don't naturally belong there. Plus, as mentioned above, food brings out other animals into the public that normally shy away from people. That's why so many National & State parks and campsites, hiking trails have the mottoe "Pack it in, pack it out". Not only to protect the human population, but to protect the delicate ecosystem as well. I do get it. Now with that being said, if your backyard is partially wooded and you own part of the property, by all means, feel free to litter on your own grounds. But tossing something out the car window-sorry, it's always littering in my opinion, whether it's biodegradeable or not. Kind of lazy too-just wait for the opportunity to find a garbage can!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/14/2011

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Well some people don't have common courtesy, I cannot say it enough, if i cannot hit the woods, I don't throw it. I don't want any animals getting hit by cars just cause I want to rid my car of a banana peel.

Sal - posted on 08/14/2011

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my hubby and i argue about this all the time, i don't think so but he does (and he is the one who can write a ticket) he really gets on his high horse and said it is becase it entices animals on the road and cah lead to accidents.....but he does get a little ott about stuff like that....

Katherine - posted on 08/13/2011

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Well it IS biodegradable.......but looking from a cops standpoint he may view it as littering if he/she wanted to be a dick.

Well littering is throwing something out the window lol. I mean I can rationalize all I want but anything thrown out is littering by law.





****Edit to add: And yes, I hate tomatoes so I throw them out the window. One time it stuck to my car.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/13/2011

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Toni and Heather! I know I don't smoke either and our neighbours from both floors above my apartment are always dropping their cigarette butts into our bushes! The other night someone also dropped a beer can. My husband and I don't drink either. Ew!

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Cigarette butts are disgusting...we went to a local beauty area today and I just about managed to stop my toddler picking up a cigarette butt...disgusting if you have a filthy habit at least throw the evidence away in the bin!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/13/2011

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I toss apple cores and peach pits out my window because I consider them biodragadable and part of nature. I don't consider it littering

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/13/2011

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I was at a stop light behind some fool in the city once, and I see the fucker actually open his door and drop a styrofoam container filled with chicken bones RIGHT THERE! I was pissed, I started honking and yelling out my window at him. Needless to say, I simply got flipped the bird, and screeching wheels to prove how tough he was when the light turned green.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/13/2011

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Laura, yeah i know what you are saying, but if I don't feel I can make a clean shot into the woods, I wait or don't do it.

Elfrieda - posted on 08/13/2011

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I always try to be careful that nobody sees me throwing stuff out the car window, but I do if it's in a wooded area or a field, and it's an apple core or similar. (I'm mindful to throw it far enough, so I don't attract racoons to the edge of the road so they get run over.) My thinking is that other people might see me and then think that it is okay to throw any old thing out the window.



We live in the country and unfortunately too many idiots think that just because the houses are farther apart, it's okay to throw their garbage onto the road. I notice that they are mostly Tim Horton's coffee cups and McDonalds bags. (I notice because I get to clean up after those fools as I make the long walk to our mailbox.)

Joanna - posted on 08/12/2011

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I don't see the need to throw things out of the car... That's what trash bags/bins are for. But I wouldn't really consider it littering... Just like I wouldn't consider emptying sand out of a shoe or water out of a bottle littering.

Jurnee - posted on 08/12/2011

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Technically it's littering. I can see your point about it being biodegradable, and the animals would eat it, but throwing it out the window of a moving vehicle, it may not always end up where you meant to throw it. Probably better off to just save it and compost it at home.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/12/2011

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Good question Mary, all she told me was "I got a ticket for littering. I threw _______ out my window when I was driving." Cannot remember the actual food. Anyway, the conversation went something like that.

Mary Renee - posted on 08/12/2011

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In my opinion, throwing a piece of fruit, vegetable, vegetation, on the actual ground (dirt, grass, plants, etc) is normal and natural.

Throwing a piece of fruit on the floor of the mall or a sidewalk though, or someone's home - is littering.

Did they get the ticket for actually littering, or for throwing something from their car while driving? I would think it would be more dangerous to throw stuff from a moving vehicle.

Stifler's - posted on 08/12/2011

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No... it's biodegradable. But Toni is right it is an eyesore. Often I forget plastic bags when we go on roadtrips and hoik the apple core out the window though.

September - posted on 08/12/2011

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By law, yes although I've done the same as you many times. We have a worm bin at work now so I save it for the worms. I usually eat fruit in the morning on my way into work.

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If you want to compost food items do it at home, throwing it out of your car anywhere is littering regardless of whether it decomposes whilst it is doing that it is an eye sore.

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Legally, yes. I wouldn't throw a banana peel or anything like that, but I do throw crusts or something else that the birds will eat.

Jenn - posted on 08/12/2011

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Yes, it's littering. If you want to compost things, do it in your own yard.

Lacye - posted on 08/12/2011

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It's littering. That's why I keep a small plastic bag in my car so if I have to throw something away, I can do it.

Krista - posted on 08/12/2011

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I don't really consider it littering if I biff an apple core into the woods. But yeah, they have to consider it littering because otherwise, when do you ticket it and when don't you?

Jenni - posted on 08/12/2011

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I can understand why it is considered littering. If it were to land on the street, sidewalk or urban area. It may be seen as unsightly while it's decomposing. I'm guessing the reason it's illegal across the board because then they would have to define where it would be appropriate. Plus, you wouldn't want to see decomposing fruits and veges at a park or any other area frequented by people.



I don't consider it littering in the sense that it hurts the environment. More because it's unsightly. Yes, and that is a good point... if it was ok to throw out of your car, many people wouldn't be as careful and considerate as you would with it... which would attract wild animals to the road, potentially causing accidents and killing wildlife.



Also, I am strongly against leaving garbage or food available for wildlife as they can become reliant on it for survival. (If everyone did it of course)

Dana - posted on 08/12/2011

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As Kate has said, according to the law here in the States, that is littering.

I've done it with an apple core though or just the other day I threw a piece of crust from my sandwich out the car window.
I think it all depends on what it is and where you're throwing it out. I'd never actually "litter" though.

Kate CP - posted on 08/12/2011

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According to the law, yes, it's littering. Most people would consider it composting, however.



Think about it this way: if you were to just toss a banana peel on the street in say, New York City, would THAT be considered littering?



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I despise littering, but I don't consider this littering. I've done it. And we throw our banana peels into our garden. Like you said, it decomposes into the soil. I guess now I just need to make sure I don't do it in the presence of a cop.

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