No butts – stub them out and bin them!
Release date: 13 October 2016
Cotswold District Council wants residents and visitors to be more aware of the impact of discarded cigarette butts and the unnecessary costs of cleaning them up.
Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for the Environment at CDC, explains:
“Although discarded cigarette butts account for 40% of the litter in the UK, a lot of smokers walking around the streets of our towns and villages don’t seem to recognise that this is littering. They see the need to use litter bins for waste such as takeaway containers, sandwich wrappers, and crisp packets but they often tend to throw cigarette butts on the ground rather than extinguishing them and then tidying them away.
“Cigarette butts are difficult to clean up; the small filters fall into grates and cracks in the pavement, avoiding detection by normal cleaning processes. Additionally, the filters are made of a plastic that can take a long time to break down and be absorbed back into the environment.
“I would urge all smokers to behave responsibly when they are out and about in the District. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place and nobody likes to see a load of cigarette butts littering our streets.”
120 tonnes of cigarette litter are dropped in the UK every day.
A cigarette butt contains up to 4,000 chemicals including hydrogen, cyanide and arsenic.
Cigarette filters can take up to 12 years to degrade.
It takes one second to drop a cigarette butt. If it took the same time to pick it up again, it would take one person (working eight hours a day) nearly 20 years to collect the estimated 200 million cigarette butts that are thrown away in the UK each day.