Cigarette butts are the most prolific litter item representing 20% of all reports across the country. What can you do to stop the buts destroying our environment and waterways?
Cigarette butts are full of harmful materials including plastics, tar and chemicals and left over tobacco. These materials can take up to a year to breakdown and up to 5 years if in water. Once they hit damp soil or water they start leaching harmful toxic chemicals that wreak havoc on sea life and healthy sea and waterway bacteria. They are also swallowed by marine animals causing them to choke or starve.
Be sure to correctly butt out your cigarette disposing them in ashtrays and allocated bins.