One of the Butt Out cigarette disposal receptacles in the Bundaberg CBD.
One of the Butt Out cigarette disposal receptacles in the Bundaberg CBD. Mike Knott

'Don't just drop it smokers'

PROVIDING Butt Out cigarette disposal receptacles throughout the CBD is one of the ways the Bundaberg Regional Council is trying to get smokers to do the right thing.

Council health and environmental services portfolio spokeswoman Mary Wilkinson said the council had spent years looking for ways to get people to take responsibility for their cigarette butts.

“We're always looking for new ways to do things,” she said.

“We've put these bins in high-use areas and heavily trafficked areas throughout the CBD.”

Cr Wilkinson said trying to control cigarette butts and other litter in the CBD was costing the council money.

She said there were other ways smokers could take responsibility for their cigarette butts not being dropped on the ground and ending up in waterways.

She demonstrated a small container a little bigger than a cigarette lighter where smokers could keep their butts until they got a chance to do away with them properly.

“These are very cheap and easy to use,” she said.

She said she had seen other containers that performed the same function.

Cr Wilkinson said she had given away several of the containers, which could be hooked on to a belt, to smokers.

But she has an uphill battle to educate smokers to do the right thing with their butts.

According to Keep Australia Beautiful's National Litter Index, Queensland is nearly 20% above the national average for butts being dropped on the ground.



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