In the government's Youth Indoctrination System, the kiddies are taught to take good care of our surroundings, to "be green." It's a very important part of the curriculum, because it softens them up for more and more control later in life over what they can and can not do in the open air.
So a vey basic lesson in this subject must be, not to toss away litter. If hiking, bury it or take it out of the government park. (An aside: once when driving to the North of the magnificent White Mountains in New Hampshire, which have long been reserved as a National Park, I happened upon a sign advertising a gas station or café located a couple of hundred yards further on. It said "turn right opposite the government park." That's what ornery NH residents used to call it. Not so much today, alas.)
Despite this heavy indoctrination, alas the youth of this neighborhood persist in tossing their empty bottles and cans out of the car window when they cruise (or whatever) along it on a Friday or Saturday night. Each time I go walking, I see it soiling the scenery. Once I paused by a cop running a radar trap, and asked what they were doing to stop the spoliation; the answer was, nothing except "if we see them, we'll arrest them." Fat chance.
But last month, a neighbor I'd not met before enlightened me. She had actually taken the trouble to collect some of the discarded bottles, ready for recycling, and told me that the kids toss them out of the car "because they don't want them inside it if a cop should stop them." I didn't know, but there's a law here to forbid open containers. If there's a "traffic stop" and the cop sees an open bottle, even an empty one, he may presume you've been drinking and use it as an excuse for more drastic action, like a search.
So the existence of their open-container law is the reason that bottles and cans spoil the environment! I never knew that. An unintended consequence, perhaps, but that's what can happen, when government people write laws.
Another example of deliberate government damage to the environment - and far worse - took place in 1991, by the ruler of Iraq. When it became clear that he would lose the war for Kuwait, he opened the faucets so that crude oil would flow into the Persian Gulf; ruining the shores and slaughtering thousands of gulls and other wild life. He then set fire to the hundreds of oil wells in the country and withdrew his army; the dense black smoke from them polluted the atmosphere for weeks to come. Sometimes (Exxon, BP...) oil spills by accident. This was done by government, and on purpose.
Oh, but not our government, some might say. Oh, really. Who was it who started that war?
There is no cure for government, no hope of reform. It has to go, in total. There will be clean-up needed, when it's gone; but that will form a business opportunity.