Butt Out and Help Out

In celebration of Butt Free Day, Parramatta City Council has launched a month long campaign titled ‘Butt Out & Help Out’, which aims to raise awareness about cigarette butt littering in Parramatta and surrounding areas.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta Councillor Scott Lloyd said he supports the campaign and encourages smokers to use Enviropoles to dispose of their cigarette butt litter and help keep city streets and waterways clean.

“More than 60,000 cigarette butts are collected from 65 Enviropoles each month, a huge number that are being disposed of correctly.

“Council also uses a new Glutton cleansing machine, funded by the Litter Prevention Grant, to help sweep up cigarette butt litter off our city streets.

“Cigarette butt litter ends up washing into our pristine local environment and by using the Enviropoles to dispose of cigarette butt litter, smokers will help the local aquatic animals such as the Pobblebonk frog, in the Baludarri Wetland, to have a habitat free from rubbish.”

The Enviropoles are located throughout the Parramatta CBD and surrounding suburbs.

To help keep the streets clean people can also collect an ashtray at Parramatta City Library and branch libraries, Council’s Customer Service Centre, Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Centre or from a Council ranger.

As part of the campaign, Council will host a tree–planting day.

The Butt Out and Help Out campaign was funded by the Litter Prevention Grant issued by the Environment Protection Authority, as part of the Waste Less and Recycling More Initiative.