Butt Picking Day
Noosa Integrated Catchment Association's (NICA) Noosa Stormwater and Waste Wise Team will bring along their little red wagon and take to Hastings Street to pick up cigarette butts this Friday October 26th from 9:30 am.
Cigarette Butts have consistently been one of the most common items found by Clean Up Australia Day volunteers since the campaign started in 1990. Council's aim is to increase awareness of the impacts of being a 'tosser', and encourage people to dispose of butts in a way that will not cause harm to Noosa's delicate environment. Free personal ashtrays will also be handed out on the day.
NICA Project Officer Tara Kingsbury said, "Cigarette butt litter is carried away by stormwater and dumped into our waterways, affecting our water quality and potentially harming our wildlife. They can leach chemicals such as nicotine, pyrene, cadmium, lead and arsenic into our marine environment within an hour of contact with water.
"Only smokers can stop cigarette butt litter, so we need to emphasize that butts are litter and educate smokers on the environmental consequences of throwing their cigarette butts on the ground".
If you would like to get your hands dirty for a cleaner greener Noosa, please come along and join NICA project officers, Tara Kingsbury, Lee King and volunteer David Gibson. For more information contact NICA on 5449 9650.
Supported by Noosa Council