Cigarette Butt Bins

Cigarette butts are a major issue nationally and internationally. They are made of plastic and they are buoyant, therefore they can be mistaken as food by wildlife. The plastic within cigarette butts is toxic itself but it is exacerbated by the chemicals from smoking. To reduce the amount of cigarette butts being released to the environment cigarette butt bins have been installed across the country. This targets the release of cigarette butts at the source and increases awareness of the issue. In Victoria students from St Bernard’s College Santa Monica Campus found high numbers of cigarette butts during their monthly beach clean-ups, and so with the help of Tangaroa Blue and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, the students from St Bernard’s installed cigarette butt bins at scenic lookouts along the Great Ocean Road to reduce the number of cigarette butts ending up on local beaches.

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