Council gets saucy when it comes to cigarette littering

Council gets saucy when it comes to cigarette littering

Causeway Coast & Glens Council has installed ‘ballot bins’ in an effort to change cigarette littering behaviour across the borough. The bins were supplied by Keep NI Beautiful.

The new, purpose-built, ballot box-style bins are challenging smokers to think outside the box when disposing of their cigarettes.

Smokers use their finished butts to ‘vote’ for an answer to a thought-provoking question, with the Ballymoney bin currently asking ‘Best sauce for a fry?  Red Sauce or Brown Sauce’.

In a social media post-Council says "We are working with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful to provide a fun way to cut cigarette butt litter in the Borough.

"The dedicated bins in Ballycastle, Coleraine, Portrush and Ballymoney display a quirky question and smokers can vote by putting their cigarette butt in the slot underneath their chosen answer.

"Created by Hubbub, the bins have been shown to significantly reduce cigarette butt litter."

A spokesperson for Ballot bin says "Studies show that proposals to decrease cigarette butt pollution have been largely ineffective, with cigarette butts consistently being the single most collected item in beach clean-ups and litter surveys.

"Smokers find the Ballot Bins much more engaging than alternative ashtrays and are more likely to use them. Independent evaluation shows the Ballot Bin reduces cigarette butt litter by 46%.

Image : Causeway Coast & Glens Council

Geoffrey Moffett

Written by Geoffrey Moffett

Content Creator for Causeway Coast Community.
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