is it childish to have "Don't Litter" ad campaigns?
Posted 7/3/14 , edited 7/3/14


I keep seeing these ads everywhere in Sydney, and it shocks me... because... from an adult's point of view... it feels very childish?
It's like I'm in high school again... and the teacher's telling me not to litter on the playground.


I feel like the Australian government should invest the money used for this nonsensical ad campaign to PLACE MORE garbage bins around Sydney. [Particularly on Central Station platforms where it's the main station that all train stops at]. It didn't have a bin until 2014.

(And they are so cheap, they put ONE bin on a very long platform station... and the bin always gets full and overfilled before the sun even set). Then they wonder why rubbish is everywhere on the ground.


How would you feel if this ad was posted everywhere in your area?
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Posted 7/3/14
I dont think the ad campaigns are childish, since most "adults" now days lack common sense. The very name "common" sense is almost a mockery since it's hardly common. Most people will throw their crap wherever they please unless signs are placed everywhere telling them not to. Even then, they will still litter.

However i agree with your point about the government needing to spend less money funding the ads and more money funding the placement of new garbage bins.

The country im currently residing in is litter central. The locals do not care for the island what so ever, every step i take, their is crap everywhere. So i would be quite happy to see "don't litter" signs. They have a few around the air port, but thats only so tourists think bahamians try to keep their islands clean.
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I don't know about the use of ads being childish, but maybe the particular approach those ads have taken is.

Are you sure you're not exaggerating the shortage of refuse bins even a little bit? That's the largest railway station in the entire country. Maybe it needs more bins, but how could Central Railway Station have only one refuse bin in the whole complex? That would require ineptitude and botched priorities on a galactic scale. The department in charge of planning refuse bin distribution would have to be run by trained bears or something. They'd be decapitating chickens and then seeing where the corpse stops on a dart board to gauge the number of bins needed in order to screw up that bad.
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I know it may sound childish but it's very important to not litter! Unfortunately ppl need to be constantly reminded not to do it, cuz a lot of adults are so careless as to where they put their trash.
Posted 7/3/14

BlueOni wrote:

I don't know about the use of ads being childish, but maybe the particular approach those ads have taken is.

Are you sure you're not exaggerating the shortage of refuse bins even a little bit? That's the largest railway station in the entire country. Maybe it needs more bins, but how could Central Railway Station have only one refuse bin in the whole complex? That would require ineptitude and botched priorities on a galactic scale. The department in charge of planning refuse bin distribution would have to be run by trained bears or something. They'd be decapitating chickens and then seeing where the corpse stops on a dart board to gauge the number of bins needed in order to screw up that bad.


oops. I didn't meant the entire station complex. I just meant the numerous platforms used to not have bins on them.
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A lot of dumb people can't keep there area clean! They need to be reminded about how littering is a bad thing! You see me, spongebob taught me not to litter


Don't litter! You'll go to jail! (You won't but you'll pay for a expensive ticket!) Dumbasses!
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Posted 7/4/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:

oops. I didn't meant the entire station complex. I just meant the numerous platforms used to not have bins on them. :sweatingbullets:


I figured that was the case, but you presented me with a great chance to comically take you literally. Yes, they certainly require (at minimum) two refuse bins (ideally a series of recycling bins) at either side of every platform, two inside every restroom, and probably one next to each vending machine. That may seem like a lot of bins, but a railway station that services that many people every single day in all likelihood actually needs even more than that.

The thing with litter is that it isn't just ugly and smelly, it's also pretty dangerous. On highways things like broken glass can puncture tires, plastic bottles present a trip hazard pretty much everywhere (and Heaven help anyone who trips on one near stairs or a railway track), paper can fly up and obstruct peoples' view while driving, beverage cans and candy wrappers (which very young children love to pick up) can accumulate diseases, half-eaten food can draw vermin (and rats do so love to bite), litter can actually hurt people. That's why an ad campaign against litter isn't inherently childish, though in the particular case you're speaking of you're right: they first need to buy more bins and place them at the points where litter is most likely to accumulate. Then they can start looking at ad campaigns.
Posted 7/4/14

BlueOni wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:

oops. I didn't meant the entire station complex. I just meant the numerous platforms used to not have bins on them. :sweatingbullets:


I figured that was the case, but you presented me with a great chance to comically take you literally. Yes, they certainly require (at minimum) two refuse bins (ideally a series of recycling bins) at either side of every platform, two inside every restroom, and probably one next to each vending machine. That may seem like a lot of bins, but a railway station that services that many people every single day in all likelihood actually needs even more than that.

The thing with litter is that it isn't just ugly and smelly, it's also pretty dangerous. On highways things like broken glass can puncture tires, plastic bottles present a trip hazard pretty much everywhere (and Heaven help anyone who trips on one near stairs or a railway track), paper can fly up and obstruct peoples' view while driving, beverage cans and candy wrappers (which very young children love to pick up) can accumulate diseases, half-eaten food can draw vermin (and rats do so love to bite), litter can actually hurt people. That's why an ad campaign against litter isn't inherently childish, though in the particular case you're speaking of you're right: they first need to buy more bins and place them at the points where litter is most likely to accumulate. Then they can start looking at ad campaigns.


I think you've made a really good point. It's the way they present it; it's so superficial. There's a guy littering, and then a girl looking at him funny... that's their ad concept... it just seems stupid.

If they actually showed the consequences of littering, like what you said, feeding vermins, it would have made more sense to me.
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Posted 7/4/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:

I think you've made a really good point. It's the way they present it; it's so superficial. There's a guy littering, and then a girl looking at him funny... that's their ad concept... it just seems stupid.

If they actually showed the consequences of littering, like what you said, feeding vermins, it would have made more sense to me.


Yes, for some reason ad campaigns against litter often miss those sort of issues and focus on the aesthetic side of things. Public parks do a pretty good job by posting warnings about the dangers of feeding wild animals and leaving one's cigarettes without going overboard. The risk of going overboard in presenting the danger to your audience is that you may unintentionally misinform them, or worse yet undermine the severity of the very issue you're trying to get people to take more seriously.

This might be a little too far in the other direction, but an anti-littering PSA they might run is this:

SCENE: A rail station stairwell. Frame is set at an angle a security camera would pick up, time is running in upper right. Emphasis on a bottle laying on the ground by making it the only item in color.

A man walking toward the stairs trips over a bottle laying on the ground, taking a tumble down the stairs.

Transition to closeup on the bottle on a black background, add white text stating: "Littering endangers your neighbours. It endangers YOU."
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Posted 7/5/14
I believe the person who came up with that slogan should be publicly pantsed and given an atomic wedgie. but then again you'd get more complaints if you saw "Hey dumbass pick up your trash" signs around... yes it is childish, but at the same time it is needed. I for one say we need more cigarette butt bins and people to stop throwing their trash in them, the trash bin is 6 inches away, how lazy can you get?
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Hey, I know how you feel! Sydney Council doesnt seem to realize that there are many forms of litter, & their posters amount to visual pollution!! And I know what you mean by the scarcity of bins- I've spent litterally 30 mins looking for one near Central!.There were plenty of bins around until there was a kneejerk reaction to the threat of bombs being left in bins, so they cleared out almost every bin in the CBD!! BUT...Unfortunately, people still see it as acceptable to leave their rubbish lying around & teach the habit to their kids; if we didn't have so many inconsiderate & selfish people around, it wouldnt be a problem, but it seems that these sorts of campaigns are still necessary. Which is sad because Sydney is too beautiful a city to be taken for granted & ruined by a minority with bad attitudes!!
Posted 7/8/14

katt14 wrote:

Hey, I know how you feel! Sydney Council doesnt seem to realize that there are many forms of litter, & their posters amount to visual pollution!! And I know what you mean by the scarcity of bins- I've spent litterally 30 mins looking for one near Central!.There were plenty of bins around until there was a kneejerk reaction to the threat of bombs being left in bins, so they cleared out almost every bin in the CBD!! BUT...Unfortunately, people still see it as acceptable to leave their rubbish lying around & teach the habit to their kids; if we didn't have so many inconsiderate & selfish people around, it wouldnt be a problem, but it seems that these sorts of campaigns are still necessary. Which is sad because Sydney is too beautiful a city to be taken for granted & ruined by a minority with bad attitudes!!


Thanks for your reply!

That's really interesting to read, I didn't know they took all the bins out due to fear of bomb threats!
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Posted 7/8/14
Thinking that no litter ads are childish is basically saying being clean is being childish. Its needed because unfortunately people litter all over the world and making it dirtier than it needs to be.
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I definitely wouldn't Use "childish" to describe it. While the Ad campaigns regarding issues ranging from Littering to the Use and warnings regarding Street Drugs probably don't do a single lick of good, it at least shows that there are People among Us who actually give a damn about the Environment. I'll never forget, and it's happened on most that One occasion...I've been Driving past a stretch of Road and seen the signs that say "Littering: $500 Fine"...and right underneath them, Someone had left literally 2-3 BAGS of trash collected neatly and circled all around the Sign, leaning up against it. The audacity and hilarity of it all made Me 'gigglesnort' so awkwardly, that I almost ran off the side of the Road a bit. They were completely bagged Thankfully, and tied up perfectly in Hefty bags; no scattering or debris or anything. This, as I said wasn't that only time I've seen that done, as it's actually occurred on at least 2 times Out on the Road that I can remember. While it was wrong to do, it was also One of the more funny "Clean pranks" I've been lucky to find Myself privy to, hahaha.

I wish I had had a Camera on Me at the time.
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