Eliminating litter one butt at a time
Cigarette butts are the most littered item on Earth, typically making up at least one-third of the litter removed during clean-ups. Each year, trillions of butts are improperly disposed of, resulting in over 1.5 billion pounds of waste worldwide. Cigarette butts are made of plastic fibers (cellulose acetate), and while they will break down into smaller plastic pieces, they do not biodegrade. The thousands of tiny plastic fibers are what make them such effective filters, designed to trap a long list of toxic chemicals. When disposed of improperly, those chemicals leach into our environment, polluting our waters and harming wildlife.
Hold On To Your Butts, Olympia!
Surveys show that most smokers would dispose of their butts properly if there were receptacles nearby, which is why we’ve partnered with the City of Olympia to install cigarette butt canisters throughout downtown. The City’s Clean Team identifies locations (usually at ‘transition points’ outside of businesses and restaurants), installs the canisters, and regularly empties them.