How to dispose of tobacco product filters

It’s a fact that cigarette butts are one of the most littered items in the world. Individually they might seem insignificant, but they add up to a huge problem. When littered, they don’t just vanish. Tobacco filters are full of plastics — called cellulose acetate — that can take up to 12 years to decompose*. This means they play a role in the plastic pollution plaguing our planet.

If you’re a smoker, always stub out your butts and dispose of them properly in an ashtray or a bin. For the times you smoke far from an ashtray or bin, equip yourself with a portable ashtray.

Tobacco filter litter is just one form of plastic litter affecting our planet.

You can find out more information about how to properly dispose of all plastic waste items by visiting have a campaign to address the issue of tobacco filter litter.

* Source: Zerowaste Scotland

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