The Parish of St Helier is today launching a new anti-litter campaign called “No More Butts!” at 1pm today on Broad Street.
The campaign aims to stop the streets of St Helier from being used as an ashtray.
Over the past few years, the Parish has noticed a rise in the number or cigarette butts being dropped on pavements and in the drains.
Used cigarette filters are full of toxins that can leach into the ground and waterways, damaging living organisms that come into contact with them. Most filters are discarded with bits of tobacco still attached to them, further polluting our environment with nicotine, which is poisonous.
The campaign will see messages temporarily attached to some of the drains in St Helier to increase awareness of where cigarette butts end up when they are not disposed of responsibly. Both the St Helier Honorary Police and the States of Jersey Police are being requested to help get the message across to smokers that discarding cigarette litter is unacceptable and could lead to a fine.
St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft said: “Despite a decrease in the number of people who choose to smoke, and the many litter bins and ashtrays provided to smokers, we are still seeing far too many cigarette ends and other litter associated with smoking. Not only does this cause environmental damage but it also adds to the rates bills of St Helier parishioners. I am hoping that this new campaign will help reduce the problem, but I suspect that it will take some enforcement by our police forces before those who discard their cigarette butts thoughtlessly cease doing so.”
One in seven (15%) adults (aged 16 and over) in Jersey reported being smokers of tobacco products in 2020, a decline of 10 per cent since 2005, when one in four (25%) adults were smokers (more information regarding Jersey’s smoking profile can be found at gov.je/statistics if needed.)
Fish in the sea mistake cigarette butts for food, eat them and die. Cigarette butts can be around for a very long time. It takes around 12 years for the paper elements to biodegrade, and the filter, made of a type of plastic, takes even longer to biodegrade.
For further information please contact Town Centre & Events Manager, Connor Burgher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01534 811835.