RSPCA - Litter Costs Lives

The RSCPA receive more than 5,000 calls a year regarding litter. Unfortunately, wildlife is the main victim when it comes to these situations - wild birds in particular. Many injured wild animals are never found, so it’s estimated that the actual figure of animals injured by litter is much higher.

Everyday objects can become hazards

Protecting animals from harmful rubbish is easy – dispose of your rubbish responsibly.

Balloon releases threaten wildlife, even balloons marked as degradable may take a number of weeks to degrade, but it only takes a second for an animal to swallow a balloon.

Chinese lanterns
Also known as sky lanterns, can seriously injure animals.

Broken glass can cause serious injury and animals can get trapped in jars. Be sure to clean and recycle glass to help prevent injuries.

Containers and cans
Animals looking for food can get trapped in cans or injured by sharp edges. To help prevent this clean and empty containers, pinch cans shut and cut cans in half and recycle where possible.

Elastic bands
These can wrap around small animals and beaks of birds. If swallowed they can cause choking. Reuse bands when possible or cut them open before putting in a bin.

Fishing tackle
Responsible for the injury of thousands of wild animals every year. Animals can get entangled in line and hooks which can pierce skin or be swallowed. Read our top tips for anglers and help promote responsible fishing.

Plastic bags
Animals can climb inside plastic bags and suffocate, or eat them and choke. Simply tying a knot in the top of plastic bags before recycling can help prevent deaths.

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Victoria Lee