Cigarette Butt Litter Reduction Program
Cigarette butts that are dropped or flicked away as litter can easily be blown or washed into storm drains that lead directly into waterways without filtration. In addition to being unsightly, cigarette butts never disappear because they are made of plastic and do not biodegrade. They are toxic to marine and freshwater wildlife.
The Cigarette Butt Litter Reduction Program was launched to reduce this toxic type of litter to protect the community and wildlife. The Program recognizes and provides resources to residents and businesses who partner with the County to reduce cigarette butt litter, and helps champion Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual event that picks up over 22,000 butts per year. Cigarette butts have consistently been the #1 item picked up on Coastal Cleanup Day for many years. More information on the resources this Program offers is provided below.
Be a Cigarette Butt Litter Leader
- Join us in the battle against butts – be a cigarette butt litter leader and take action to reduce cigarette butt litter in your community.
- Request and give free pocket and auto ashtrays to friends and family who smoke to remind them to bin their butts.
- Help pick up these tiny, toxic pieces of litter by participating in litter cleanup events, like Coastal Cleanup Day held on the third Saturday of September each year!
- Host your own cleanup event, and borrow an 11ft tall cigarette butt litter banner flag (see images here) to help raise awareness on the issue.
- Call or text (650) 388-2646, or email email@example.com if you see a cigarette butt litter hot spot area in need of some attention.
- Ask your favorite business to become a Cigarette Butt-Free Business.
- Spread the word about cigarette butt litter to others. Many people do not realize cigarette butts are litter.
Do You Smoke?
- Request a free pocket and auto ashtray – take these portable receptacles with you on all your outings.
- Recycle your butts at a drop-off location hosted by Pacific Beach Coalition.
- Be a Cigarette Butt Litter Leader.
- Kick butts goodbye for good with these resources to help you
- San Mateo County Tobacco Prevention Program
- Call the California Smoker’s Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS
1. Become a Cigarette
2. Provide receptacles and cessation resources for customers and employees who smoke.