Cigarette Butts and their packaging are one of the most littered and toxic items on our roads and beaches with the littering rate at 65%. Worse yet, that 77% of people do not consider cigarettes litter, thinking tobacco products are biodegradable.
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- 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts estimated in the trash each year.
- 230,000 cigarette butts collected from California beaches during the 2000 Coastal Cleanup Day in one day. Cigarette butts were the number one trash item found (http://www.cigarettelitter.org).
- 1 in 5 every piece of litter picked up on the beaches is a cigarette butt (Ocean Conservancy)
- A single cigarette butt with traces of tobacco in 1 liter of water killed 50%of the fish in the water (Study by Elli Slaughter of San Diego State University)
- 1000- 3000 people are killed or injured every year byt fiires caused by cigarettes
Fortunately Terracycle has initated a cigarette recycling program and there are over 200 Waste Brigades in place. Cities such as New York, St. Louis, and New Jersey have instigated Cigarette Recycling Programs.
There are other alternatives to to recycling cigarette butt, like making art or even clothing.
1.) Cigarette Butt Rug by Jesus Bubu Negron
2.) Venus by Al Hansen
3.) By Mike Oncley. Using Coffee Beans and Cigarettes.
4.) Christ You Know it Ain’t Easy by Simon Griffith
5.) Swiss street artist Jinks Kunst portrait of Serge Gainsbourg using 20,000 cigarette butts.
6.) Cigarette Butt art by SeaAngels
7.) Cigarette Vest with over 1000 cigarette butts.
7.) Cigarette Butt Dress
The thing about cigarette litter, it is everywhere, one can barely take a mile walk without seeing cigarette butts and cigarette trash. Sad but true
- Keep America Beautiful: Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
- Americans For Non-Smokers Rights
- Cigarette Litter.org
- Cigarette Butt Pollution Project (See the “Research” and “Butt FAQ” tabs)
- No-Smoking Policies and Their Outcomes on U.S. Beaches
- Surfrider Foundation’s Cigarette Litter Campaign
- Tobacco Control
- How Cities Make Money Off Cigarette Butts