STOP Cigarette Butt Waste!
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Went to Napa recently to see the fires and left feeling hopeless. I made my way home to Sacramento. While driving I came to a stoplight and saw a guy in the car next to me smoking, taking his last puff and flicking the cigarette out the window. Is this how the fires started? I don't know. I do know I see cigarette butts in the rivers, creeks, ocean, on the beach, in the gutters, etc... Our ecosystem is threatened. I did some research and was shocked to find out that nearly 2 billion pounds of cigarette butts end up as toxic trash each year and they are NOT biodegradable. Then I learned of the fires and deaths caused by cigarettes each year. AMAZING.
How do we stop or limit this from happening?
We have the CA Refund Value (CRV) to encourage recycling of bottles. Why not collect and pay a CRV for people to turn in their cigarette butts? Imagine how many people would not randomly discard their cigarette butts if they were worth $.10 each! Imagine people walking around the streets picking up cigarette butts to make some extra cash. How much waste will this solve? How many lives will be saved? How many fires will be prevented? If CA implements this, sees success, the other states will follow. Maybe the world.
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