As part of the CCID’s anti-litter campaign, called “It’s time to come clean”, they have been distributing reusable “pocket” ashtrays to smokers - pouches lined with foil, which close with a stud.
“The CCID has been distributing the pouches for the past five years and it has been a successful way of reducing cigarette butt waste. We also often get requests for these pouches from companies and members of the public,” said Sharon Sorour-Morris, communications manager at CCID.
Smokers dropping butts have become a huge headache. More than 300 kg of cigarette butts are collected by CCID cleaners from CCID cigarette-butt bins strategically placed in the CBD. CCID manager for urban management Richard Beesley said a large number still ended up on the ground.
Lorren de Kock, project manager of circular plastics economy with WWF South Africa, said: “Cigarette butts are among the top 10 most prevalent plastic waste items found on beaches and streets of South Africa.