Butt Hunters are taking to the streets of Noosa Junction on Friday the 21 March. Noosa Integrated Catchment Association's Stormwater and Wastewise Program (funded by Noosa Council) has been hunting butt since 2002. Butt Hunters aim to address the worlds worst litter problem by raising awareness and helping smokers to 'Do the right thing'.
The Butt Hunters hand out free personal ashtrays, while filling their little red wagon with butts littered on the streets, that would otherwise find their way into stormwater drains that lead to the ocean, or the currently A rated Noosa River.
Facts and Stats;
Cigarette butts are made from cellulose acetate, a form of plastic. Many people do not realise they are toxic to marine and wildlife, and take years and years to break down (Sustainability Victoria).
The butts are designed to capture more than 4000 chemical vapours coming from the cigarette, including: ammonia, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and arsenic.
Within just one hour of being in contact with water a butt will start releasing these toxic chemicals into our natural environment.
Around 7.2 billion cigarette butts are littered in Australia each year - if laid end-to-end the line of butts would circle the earth 3.6 times! (Sustainability Victoria)
Cigarette butts may seem small, but with an estimated 4.5 trillion butts (worldwide) littered every year, they have a relatively huge impact on our environment.
New littering fines in Queensland:
(Queensland Government Environmental Protection Agency)
$150 for throwing a cigarette butt on the ground, $1500 if it goes to court
$225 for throwing a cigarette butt from a vehicle (including boats), $2250 if it goes to court
$300 for dangerous littering (any litter that can cause harm to humans, wildlife or property), $3000 if it goes to court
Graphic to the right: Butt Hunters at the Woodford Folk Festival, their next safari will be at Noosa Junction
Butt Hunting Day at the J
Friday 21st March
Meeting at the J 10 am
For further information contact NICA Ph 54499650