Aluminum Cans as Litter in Masonboro Sound, North Carolina

Lawrence B. Cahoon


The problem of litter in coastal waters has received much attention recently, partly because of well publicized spills of medical wastes and in part because of a generally heightened public awareness of environmental deterioration (e.g., TIME, Jan. 2, 1989), Medical waste litter is a very serious problem, but medical waste is only a small fraction of the material dumped into coastal waters. Other kinds of litter are dumped in much larger quantities by a greater number of people. Measures taken to stop the dumping of "high profile" medical litter may not be effective with trash left by ordinary" offenders. Therefore, measures to stop the dumping of common kinds of litter must target these mundane offenders.

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