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Cigarette Butts Are Litter Too!

Cigarette Butts Are Litter Too!

Clean, public spaces, sidewalks and streets make Toronto beautiful. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure our city’s public spaces stay that way. Please do your part. Make a commitment to not litter.

Cigarette butts are small, but they are litter, and they make up a large part of Toronto’s litter and can take up to 12 years to break down. The Astral street litter/recycling bins have a special receptacle designated for cigarette butt disposal.

Smokers Alert

Warning from Toronto Fire Services: Never put cigarette butts in garden planters because this can quickly lead to fires. Please use the cigarette butt receptacles located in each of the street litter/recycling bins. These bins have a place for everything, including your garbage and recyclable items.

Littering and Dumping of Refuse By-law

The City has a by-law regarding littering and dumping of refuse

Street & Park Bins

Silver or black litter/recycling bins, as well as the foot-pedal bins, are supplied by Astral Media Outdoor, as part of Toronto’s co-ordinated street furniture program. The bins are designed to reduce litter and increase recycling in public areas. Help get the word out and bring awareness to residents and members that cigarette butts are litter and there is a way to properly dispose of cigarette butts in street litter bins.

Should you wish to order 11×17” or 8.5 x 11” posters (pictured above), you can contact Ashalea.stone@toronto.ca with size and quantity information.

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 Cigarette butt litter is a huge problem in #Toronto.  Did you know there are places in street litter/recycling bins designated specifically for cigarette butt disposal? Share and help keep our streets clean. Toronto.ca/litter

 Never put cigarette butts in garden planters. Please use the cigarette butt receptacles located in street litter/recycling bins. These bins have a place for everything, including your garbage and recyclable items.  Toronto.ca/litter

2016 parks bin survey rank bins high.

People do see them, like them and use them. Click below to view the survey results.

Survey Results