Cigarette Butt Awareness Program

This program is intended to educate people about the harmful effects a small cigarette butt can have on the environment.

A little litter can do a lot of damage

Although each cigarette butt is small, the cumulative effects of this litter can be large, with improperly disposed of cigarette butts accounting for almost 30 per cent of the litter collected.

The Cigarette Butt Awareness Program is intended to let the public know about the damage that this little form of litter can cause. Many people don’t realize that cigarette butts do not disappear, and they are not biodegradable. In fact, the build-up of plastic filters and chemicals from cigarette butts is toxic to the animals, plants, and water around us.

How can you help?

Image of pocket ashtray for Cigarette Butt Awareness ‌‌Since the build-up of cigarette butts is a litter issue, the first step is to ensure that this form of garbage – just like any other – gets put in its proper place.

As part of Green Deer, The City of Red Deer is giving away 1,000 free pocket ashtrays – handy little tools to help keep litter off the ground. These light, convenient ashtrays easily fit in a pocket or purse, so people can "butt out" when they’re on-the-go and then dispose of their cigarette butts in a garbage bin later.‌

The pocket ashtrays are available at the following locations in Red Deer throughout the Green Deer Campaign:

Recreation Centre – 4501 47A Ave
Collicutt Centre – 3031 30 Ave
G.H. Dawe Community Centre – 56 Holt St
Kerry Wood Nature Centre - 6300 45 Avenue 

It is also important to have cigarette disposal sites outside of buildings, as these receptacles provide a convenient way to help keep litter in its place. If you are a building owner or property manager, please consider providing and maintaining a cigarette butt receptacle outside of your building; you’ll be helping the environment and ensuring that your property remains litter-free. 

For more information, contact:
Suzanne Jubb
Community & Program Facilitator