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Leave-no-trace-exception for tissues?

It's true that paper tissues biodegrade relatively quickly: this U.S. Bureau of Land Management page estimates 2-4 weeks. However, as the same page notes, Though most trash and litter in the ...
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Leave-no-trace-exception for tissues?

There are no exceptions to leave no trace. Either you leave a trace, or you do not, the whole point of leave no trace ethics is to make as small an impact on the environment as possible, this means ...
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Can I use a trail camera to identify a roadside litterer?

I personally would rather just set an action camera to record over the timespan the litterer usually comes by. Consumer trail cameras don't usually have great definition - worse than action cameras ...
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Can I use a trail camera to identify a roadside litterer?

Yes, this should work, trail cameras are used quite frequently to catch people littering. We know this because a hidden camera caught it all on tape. Juneau police used the footage to find the ...
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What can I do to discourage people from littering in the back country?

Make certain that you are part of the solution and not the problem, never leave any of your own garbage behind. As people are less likely to litter a clean area, remove as much of other people's ...
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Where does uncommon litter come from?

I live an area where a lot of the woods was farms a hundred years ago. 50 years ago it was bushy fields, now it's heavily wooded with increasingly narrow cart paths running through it. A lot of the ...
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From the point of view of wildlife, what is the most dangerous component of roadside litter?

The thing here to consider most is the biodegradability of what is littered along a roadside. There are items which you can leave and will breakdown pretty quickly - like tissues, papers, and thinner ...
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What's the problem with burying toilet paper?

The answer is the same for burying toilet paper as it is for burying poop: see: When is it not OK to leave feces behind? Burying toilet paper with your poop is acceptable in areas where it can ...
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Where does uncommon litter come from?

There are two ways stuff can get into the wilds. People and nature. Nature is simpler so I'll get that out of the way first. Once heavy debris ends up in the woods it's likely to stay there if it ...
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What's the problem with burying toilet paper?

If you can leave your crap there, you can leave the toilet paper too. Both will degrade fairly rapidly. Much of this is aesthetics rather than impact. No one wants to find tufts of toilet paper ...
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Is there any evidence, one way or the other, that "Adopt a Highway" programs reduce littering?

This question spawned a lot of comments, there are some interesting thoughts there. The premise of the question "Is there evidence that "Adopt a Highway" programs reduce litter?" caught my attention....
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What is an effective technique for plogging?

I suggest the first step is to go for the light, grabbable stuff - plastic bottles for example. The contents, if any, can be poured onto the ground. This assumes your roadside example, which is likely ...
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Is there any evidence, one way or the other, that "Adopt a Highway" programs reduce littering?

I have landscaped for a city in BC for several years and have notice that the "Adopt a Highway" only works on very short streets and only then if the those picking up the litter are doing so at least ...
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What's the problem with burying toilet paper?

Marine grade TP is a good choice for hiking. It is made to dissolve in water rapidly and contains little or no chemicals. Bury in soil and water if possible with stream water... this will also help ...
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From the point of view of wildlife, what is the most dangerous component of roadside litter?

This is an addition to Aravona's excellent answer. Plastic litter poses especial dangers to wildlife. See here, posted by Defenders of Wildlife. In the Ocala National Forest of Florida, a black ...
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What is an effective technique for plogging?

The most efficient way to run and pick up trash would probably be to know where the garbage cans along the route are so you can carry the trash for as little time as possible. At least according to ...
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What to do when finding huge pieces of trash?

Suggestion for Germany: tell the owner. The owner often has the strongest interest in having it cleaned up fast, because clean places tend to stay clean, but once someone dumped rubbish, others may ...
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Can I use a trail camera to identify a roadside litterer?

A trail camera is unlikely to work. They are motion activated, so will snap pictures of every car passing by. However, you don't just want the picture of the car, you need to show the litterer in ...
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Can I use a trail camera to identify a roadside litterer?

Assuming deterrence is your goal, I’d ask your neighbor if you can first put up a “DON’T LITTER - UNDER VIDEO SURVEILLANCE” sign. That may be enough by itself to deter. And if not, you can set up ...
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What can I do to discourage people from littering in the back country?

Honestly, the best way to discourage people from littering is to be vocal about it. People are less comfortable leaving their trash lying around if someone voices their disapproval. And less likely to ...
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