Hamilton

City wants you to stop tossing your cigarette butts on the street

The city is changing the look of the city’s downtown garbage containers in an effort to get smokers to stop tossing butts on the street.

Cigarette butts make up 38% to 50% of all litter, city says

The city has launched a new campaign in an effort to get people to throw out cigarette butts instead of tossing them on the ground. (City of Hamilton)

The city is changing the look of the city's downtown garbage containers in an effort to get smokers to stop tossing butts on the street.

As of Monday, many of the garbage containers in the core are being wrapped in a new design.

"This program aims to reduce cigarette litter by increasing cigarette litter receptacles in public spaces, cleaning up cigarette litter in public spaces, reminding Hamiltonians that cigarettes are litter too and all waste should be put in the right place," the city said in a statement.

According to the city, cigarettes contain plastic that will not biodegrade or decompose, and once thrown to the ground, they can leach toxins into the environment for over a decade, which threatens marine ecosystems.

Butts from discarded smokes are one of the most common types of litter on roadways, open spaces and in waterways, the city says, making up 38 per cent to 50 per cent of all litter.

The city also announced Monday that it is partnering with cleanup organization A Greener Future to host a single-day "butt blitz" cleanup in Hamilton.

It's happening on April 27, and running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Downtown BIA, Barton Village BIA, and International Village BIA, as well as on Kenilworth Avenue North, and the Breezeway Trail.

Anyone interested in taking part can register here.

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