Montreal takes on 'Buttheads'
The City of Montreal wants to stop smokers from dropping their cigarette butts on the ground.
Currently, cigarette butts equate to a third of all litter picked up from city streets.
The toxins from the discarded filters pose a risk to the environment.
The City tweeted what they define as a "Butthead."
Cigarette butts represent 30% of the waste the city picks up. Their toxic residue poisons our environment.— Ville de Montréal (@MTL_Zoom) May 16, 2019
What do you do when you see someone being "buttheaded"? pic.twitter.com/Tnpoj124XH
Vincens Cote is the Director of the Montreal Society for Environmental Action.
"When a filter falls on the ground, all the toxins eventually leach into the groundwater with the rain and end up in our rivers," he told CTV Montreal.
"Only one cigarette butt can pollute up to 500 litres of water and we want to avoid that."
The city has over 600 ashtrays erected on poles across the city. Cigarette butts disposed in those ashtrays are recycled.
"Paper is composted, tobacco is composted, and then the filters are cleaned and afterwards are turned into plastic pellets which can be used to produce other plastic items," Cote said.
With files from CTV Montreal.
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