Angus Council is teaming up with pubs in Arbroath to encourage smokers who litter to clean up their act.
Angus Council has trawled its buildings for surplus metal office bins and have been handing them out to licensed premises.
Filled with sand, they are the ideal kerbside receptacle for used cigarettes. The aim is to help Clean Up Angus by sparing the streets from an unsightly rash of cigarette ends and encourage the smoker to avoid a potential fine of £80.
Around 70 percent of town and city streets in Scotland have smoking related litter, with 12 tonnes of smoking litter, including 20 million cigarette butts, dropped, thrown or flicked onto Scottish streets every day.
If community wardens see someone littering, including cigarettes, they will receive a fixed penalty notice.
Arbroath’s Commercial Inn was the winner in the licensed premises category of 2015’s Beautiful Angus garden competition and proprietor Lynne Smith was among the first to take up the offer of a cigarette bin.
The bins are available on a “first come first served” basis as the project, with support from the licensed trade aiming to demonstrate how small changes in behaviour can make a difference.
Cigarette butts leak toxins that can contaminate water and are harmful to the environment. Filters can end up in the stomachs of fish and other sea creatures, birds and animals, including household pets.
It can take 12 years for cigarette filters to degrade and its costs the tax payer £34 million per year to have smoking related litter cleared from Scotland’s streets.
Worldwide 5.6 trillion (that’s 5,600,000,000,000) cigarette butts are dumped into the global environment every year.