One of the biggest litter problems on beaches are cigarette butts. Discarded cigarette butts at the beach are not just a matter of unsightly trash and litter as toxic chemicals, and carcinogens from cigarettes collect on the filter and are then washed out into the sea.
The Love Vlasici association from the island of Pag last year introduced free paper beach ashtrays as a simple solution to help fix the big problem, now their project has spread and has been embraced by the town of Hvar on the island of Hvar, HrTurizam.hr reports.
With birds and fish often misinterpreting toxic butts for food, Love Vlasici launched the project ‘Please don’t throw your butts, our birds and fish do not smoke,”. The town of Hvar has now introduced biodegradable paper ashtrays on beaches.
“We hope that other towns, counties, and tourist boards follow their positive example,” Love Vlasici said.
The free paper ashtrays, which are designed to have sand inside them, can be used once or a number of times. After using the ashtray, you can pull it out from the sand which comes out through the holes in the ashtray. The butts can then be put in nearby rubbish bins.