Cigarette butts are the most-littered items on Canada’s beaches. They don’t biodegrade, so they linger in the environment and leach toxic chemicals into the sand and water. Butts are mistaken for food by wildlife, causing a false sense of fullness that can lead to starvation. They can be lethal when lodged in an animal’s digestive tract. Cigarette butts are also picked up by small children, who can become seriously ill after swallowing them.
You can help get the butts off beaches by launching your own Butt-Free Beach campaign. Help your beach go butt-free by organizing a cleanup, putting up educational signage, installing cigarette butt receptacles and providing beach ashtrays. Contact us for your free Butt-free Beach toolkit.