At Village Well we’re currently thinking about the problem of cigarette butts, and how we can reduce butt flicking.
Two not-nice facts: cigarette butts make up about one-third of the one billion items of litter entering Melbourne’s waterways each year and can take up to 15 years to break down.
We are wondering – is it a design issue? Not enough bins? Bins not in the right spot? Is it a behavioural issue – just part of the habit, part of the ritual of smoking? Or is it simply a lack of understanding or awareness of the consequences of this kind of pollution? Perhaps people think cigarette butts are biodegradable?
What do you think? Share your insights with us – or if you’re so inclined – go ahead and dob in a flicker at http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/en/get-involved/report-litter
This photo is taken from near fitness first at Victoria Gardens, which interestingly has plenty of smoking bins.
Post your comment or let us know about a butt flicking hot spot.