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Smokers in Dorchester are cleaning up their act

Bin Your Butt

9:24am 22nd November 2017

There's been a dramatic fall in the number of cigarette butts discarded on the streets of Dorchester.

Litter Free Dorset ran their #BinyourButt campaign in October to highlight the issue of cigarette related litter.

In response to the campaign, Dorchester BID have provided a new cigarette bin on Princes Street.

In seven weeks, Dorchester has gone from 1,000 butts being dropped a week to 550. In Partnership with Dorset Waste and Dorchester BID, the Keeper of the Walks has been actively cleaning streets and recording numbers of butts found.

Charlie Wild, Project officer for Litter Free Dorset said: "It's been amazing to see how figures have decreased. When we talk to people about cigarette butt litter, they are shocked to hear there is plastic in filters, and what chemicals they contain."

Cigarette filters contain plastic that does not degrade or dissolve and can be harmful to wildlife and the environment.

Phil Gordon from Dorchester BID said: "The habit of automatically dropping a discarded cigarette is, for some, a hard one to break. You can't expect people to do the right thing without giving them the facility of a handy butt bin."

To get involved contact Litter Free Dorset on litterfreedorset@dorsetcc.gov.uk

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