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Big cigarette butt collection

Big cigarette butt collection

From 1 to 25 June 2024, a major cigarette butt collection campaign will be held. Any person, association or group wishing to participate can request materials from the Cleaning Service of the City of Brussels, which will collect the cigarette butts. On Wednesday 26 June 2024, there will be a grand finale at the Place de la Monnaie.

Why collect cigarette butts?

Every year, the Cleaning Service of the City of Brussels organises campaigns to raise awareness of the problem of cigarette butts. Too many cigarette butts are still thrown on the ground: on pavements, at the foot of trees, in sewers,...

Despite their small size, cigarette butts have a huge impact: while it only takes a second to throw them on the ground, they take 10 to 15 years to break down. They consist of almost 4,000 chemical compounds and the damage they can cause to the environment over this period is enormous. If they end up directly in the sewer or a drain, cigarette butts can be carried all the way to the sea and one cigarette butt can pollute up to 500 litres of water.

On the other hand, these cigarette butts can be recycled if properly disposed of in the rubbish bin. The plastic from the filter of the cigarette butt can be recycled into new items, such as awareness plates or even street furniture.

Action from 1 to 25 June 2024

To raise public awareness, the City of Brussels is organising a major cigarette butt collection campaign from 1 to 25 June. Any person, association or group wishing to participate can request materials from the Cleaning Service (which will collect the cigarette butts): disposable gloves, fluorescent jackets, rubbish bags,... You can also use bottles or other closed containers to collect and deliver the cigarette butts.

Grand finale at the Place de la Monnaie on 26 June

On Wednesday 26 June 2024 (from 1 pm to 4 pm), there will be a grand finale at the Place de la Monnaie. All collected butts will be collected, pocket ashtrays will be distributed and there will be performances.

How to take part?

Would you like to join the action? Then contact the Cleaning Service:

Created on 15/05/2024 (Modified on 14/06/2024)