Research shows that individuals who would never consider littering an aluminum can, a piece of paper or other items may be littering cigarette butts. They may be surprised to be called litterers. But dropping partially-smoked cigarettes, cigarette butts, matches, lighters and packaging to the ground is littering.
Cigarette litter is an emerging litter problem in communities around the country. Lack of awareness, lack of ash receptacles, and the increase of outdoor smoking add to the visible impact of cigarette litter.
Research shows that if an ash receptacle is not readily available, smokers will litter cigarette butts, lighters, matches and packaging material. Cigarette litter occurs most often where a person must discontinue smoking before proceeding such as a bus stop, a store entrance, building loading docks, or walkways leading to government buildings.
Keep Charlotte Beautiful has worked with government representatives to install ash receptacles at key areas around the county and has seen an average 55% reduction in cigarette butt litter!
If you would like to help reduce cigarette litter in Charlotte County, you can help us identify areas needing receptacles, do scans, and hand out pocket ash trays at events. Click here to contact us
for more information!