Tossing cigarette butts is a crime
Did you know that you get fined for dumping cigarette butts?
Save yourself some bucks (up to 1.500 Rand in South Africa) and dispose of your stompies properly.
In addition, cigarette butts pose health and environmental risks
A devastating fire in 2007, allegedly caused by a cigarette butt thrown out of a car window by a tourist, which burnt tracts of Table Mountain and killed a British tourist, was the reason the City of Cape Town launched the stompie hotline. Cape Town is the only city in South Africa with such a hotline.
The picture above shows old cigarette butts ‘excavated’ from our garden. This is as far as it goes for stompies: They never really disappear. The fibres in the cigarette butt are not cotton or paper, they are most likely plastic that can persist in the environment as long as other forms of plastic.
Approximately 5.6 trillion cigarettes are smoked every year worldwide. Of those it is estimated that 4.5 trillion cigarette butts become litter every year. Cigarette butts discarded in parking lots, along sidewalks and in street gutters miles from the coast inevitably make their way through storm drains, creeks and rivers to the beach and the ocean and account for the single most commonly collected waste item found each year on beach clean-ups.
Help combat the cigarette butt pollution problem and throw your stompies into the bin.
Report drivers who flick stompies out of their car window:
Call the stompie hotline control centre number on 021 424 7715.
Upload the incident on reportacrime.co.za.