Smokers urged to bin their cigarette ends

The Clean Up Scotland campaign, run by independent environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, is encouraging smokers to bin their butts.

The campaign is turning the spotlight on smoking litter to show that these relatively small items can have a serious impact on the environment.

Surveys show that just under half of our Scottish streets have some form of smoking-related litter, including cigarette butts, matches and packaging. These items can easily become trapped between paving stones and be washed into drains causing blockages and flooding. The cost of clearing smoking-related litter is estimated to be £34 million a year (ASH Scotland).

Cigarette butts can also leak toxins that contaminate water and harm marine life and the environment. Believing that a cigarette butt will disappear quickly is a common mistake – it can take up to 12 years for one to biodegrade.

Smokers who litter can receive a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice for inappropriately disposing of a cigarette end.