Great British Spring Clean Day 12

Great British Spring Clean Day 12

Day 12 of my #GBSpringClean was around the pubs in Charlestown, Cornwall picking up cigarette butts. With all the focus on #plastic waste, cigarette butts have almost been overlooked but the most startling fact is that globally they are the single most littered item in the world and the largest ocean contaminant. They certainly figure is most of the beach cleans I have done and stubbing them out on the ground in a place as close to the sea as Charlestown, means inevitably they will soon wash down the street into the drains and out to sea.

Studies have shown that even small quantities of cigarette butts in ocean water can be fatal to fish and marine organisms. Studies have shown that cigarette butts contain many toxic chemicals, including arsenic, nicotine, various heavy metals and a class of compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are released into the environment from discarded cigarette butts. Contrary to popular belief cigarette filters are not biodegradable and take about 10 years to break down in sea water.

Now with an indoor smoking ban in force, smokers are driven to congregate outside pubs and unfortunately most cigarette butts are flicked or stubbed out on the ground. One pub has a cigarette butt receptacle but despite that it is often surrounded by ones casually thrown down. I don’t know what the answer is, buckets of sand near the door? Telling smokers how bad it is for the ocean probably won’t work as they know it’s bad for their own health and carry on doing it!!
#Trashtag #LitterHeroes #IAmABeachGuardian Keepbritaintidy
2019-04-04T16:07:23+00:00