Cigarette Butt Litter Surveys


The prevalence of cigarette butts as litter has grown unwelcoming large these past few years. The action of dropping a butt on the ground and stamping it out with the foot then leaving it there has become all too common place. Even when ashtrays and bins are within arm’s length, the smokers still drop them on the ground. It has become ‘their’ acceptable behavior. The result is 1000’s of butts are littered all over our streets and outside hotels and cafes.

Cigarette Butt Litter Collection Summary

No of SurveysTotal Butt CountTotal Volunteer hours spent
   
304468665688

Cigarette Butt Litter Surveys

It would be unacceptable for any other product but somehow smokers have made this appear normal behavior. Only 14% of the population smokes, yet those small number of people cause a large environmental pollution problem for the other 86%. This is not acceptable. Further, when the location is near a beach, the storm water drains then wash this toxic litter down on to the beach or into the ocean.

BeachPatrol as part of its caring for the beaches and bays is very conscious of the butt litter reaching our beaches and then the ocean. We conduct cigarette butt litter surveys periodically to ascertain the quantity of butts in some well know areas and report those results to local businesses and councils.

 
 

Last 6 Surveys

Last survey at Maribyrnong - Aldi on 03 Feb 3032
Butts
Beach Group
No of People
Time Spent
800
LOS3032
1
1 hrs

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Last survey at Altona Beach and surrounds on 30 Sep 3018
Butts
Beach Group
No of People
Time Spent
1100
3018
1
1 hrs

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Last survey at Altona on 21 Sep 2019
Butts
Beach Group
No of People
Time Spent
1000
3018
1
1 hrs

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About the Survey

Mostly along promenade. Coles, parking and Altona train station have at least another 2,000 waiting for someone to sweep them up

Last survey at Hopetoun Gardens, Elsternwick on 14 Jul 2019
Butts
Beach Group
No of People
Time Spent
2000
LOS3162
1
1 hrs

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Along Glenhuntly Road, between Kooyong and Orrong Roads, Elsternwick

Last survey at St Kilda beach on 13 Jul 2019
Butts
Beach Group
No of People
Time Spent
1100
3182
1
1 hrs

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Last survey at Owen and Empire Streets, Maribyrnong on 07 Jul 2019
Butts
Beach Group
No of People
Time Spent
600
LOS3032
1
1 hrs

Photos

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