Over 900 cigarette butts were found in a 100-meter radius during a clean up of Wreck Beach today, prompting a plea from a local environmental organization.
The Surfrider Foundation in Vancouver hopes to educate smokers about the harmful environmental effects improperly discarded cigarette butts can have.
Team member Kat Jayme says it makes no sense to her that cigarette butts are still tossed away on the street and on beaches.
“They’re full of chemicals, they’re not biodegradable, birds sometimes eat them, all the chemicals leak into the waterways.”
“A few months ago we found 5,000 cigarette butts within a 100 meter radius. Today I think we only found 900. It’s still a lot of cigarette butts that are still being discarded but at least it’s not 1,000 and it’s not 5,000. So we are getting there.”
The organization is working in partnership with the city of Vancouver to find a solution to this problem.