Have you seen this receptacle before? In 2016, four cigarette butt receptacles were installed in downtown Millbrae to help smokers have a place to stash their cigarette butts. The receptacles installed reduced butts by 49% near the installation area over a four month period.
Cigarette butts continue to be the most commonly littered item in California for over 27 years. Butts may be little in size, but check out the HUGE and expensive problem they cause in the infographic below.
When cigarette butts are littered, wind and rain wash them down storm drains, which lead directly to the San Francisco Bay or Pacific Ocean.
In an effort to help protect our waterways, wildlife, and your health, the Pollution Prevention Program wants to make cigarette butt litter disappear and we need your help!
- Request a free pocket ashtray for yourself or another smoker. Then get help to kick your habit!
- Spread the word on cigarette butt litter! Display the removable “Don’t Drop & Drive” window cling on your car window.
- Join a cleanup effort throughout San Mateo County, like Coastal Cleanup Day.
- Ask your favorite local business to become a Cigarette Butt Free Business.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address to have a pocket ashtray, auto ashtray, and/or car window cling mailed to you. These items are available while supplies last.