No Butts on the Beach


A Marine Litter campaign

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No Butts on the Beach

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No Butts On The Beach

Controlling and reducing cigarette waste impacting the coastal environment.

Surfers Against Sewage is calling for better controls of smoking-related waste impacting the beach, coastal and marine environment.

Cigarette butt waste is a significant contributor to the marine litter crisis with thousands often picked up at local beach clean events. Unfortunately, cigarette butts all too often find their way to the coastline through drains or are stubbed out directly in the sand.

Surfers Against Sewage is calling for local authorities to create specific beach smoking zones with effective and well-managed cigarette butt bins, litter control measures & public information to minimise cigarette waste washed onto the beach from the local area. In exceptional circumstances at the most chronically affected beaches localised smoking bans may be the only solution to tackling this source of beach and marine pollution.

Surfers Against Sewage also calls for more public information about the impacts of cigarette but waste, the correct disposal of cigarette butt waste and for smokers to be supported on this journey with adequate and well-positioned ‘coastal ashtrays’, smoking zones and with a wider distribution of portable ashtrays at coastal locations. Surfers Against Sewage will continue to develop and distribute ‘No Butts on the Beach’ information, education materials, stickers and butt bins at outside events wherever possible.

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