CLEAN STREETS MAKE CLEAN BEACHES

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Council’s No Cuts, No Butts anti-litter campaign is hitting the streets this summer in a bid to stop cigarette butts dropped in the street from ending up on our beaches.

Until now, the highly successful anti-litter campaign has focused on preventing glass and smoking on beaches but evidence shows that cigarette butts dropped in the streets get washed by rainfall into our drains and end up in the Bay. From there, they head out to sea or wash back onto Port Phillip’s beaches.

“If you drop your cigarette butt in the street you might as well be flicking it straight into the Bay!” says City of Port Phillip Mayor Cr Amanda Stevens.

“The community has really got behind the No Cuts No Butts campaign since we introduced it in 2010 and we’ve made real progress on the beach with an impressive 50% reduction in litter. But now it’s time to turn our focus to the streets across Port Phillip, particularly our popular shopping and eating strips.

“Friendly beach rangers will be roving the streets and beaches to promote the message that cigarette butts left on our streets can be harmful to our beaches.

“There will also be a series of fun, free events in St Kilda and Port Melbourne over summer to help raise awareness, including competitions and free give-aways.

“We urge the community to join us in spreading the word, and help keep our streets and beaches clean this summer,” she said.

EcoCentre Coordinator and Baykeeper, Neil Blake said that seven Butt Safari surveys conducted last year found there was an 800 per cent increase in cigarette butts on our beaches after heavy rainfall; and 59 per cent of butts collected from the streets were in front of businesses which made up only 12 percent of the street frontage.

“The EcoCentre will be working with local traders, patrons and Council over the coming months to identify and implement local strategies to reduce cigarette butt litter. Let’s continue to work together to improve the safety of our open spaces and care for our bay and foreshore,” he said.

Glass and smoking are not allowed on the sand at Port Phillip beaches. This rule applies to popular Melbourne beaches, including Port Melbourne, St Kilda and Elwood and it is enforced all year round.

 

(Source: City of Port Phillip)

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