• May 21, 2024

Bring out the bins

 Bring out the bins

Photo by MyMaSs

A smokers’ lobby group today gave a cautious welcome to a new campaign to reduce cigarette litter but called on councils to provide more cigarette bins.
“It’s all very well demanding that smokers bin the butt, but where are the bins?”, asked Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ group Forest in responding to the launch of Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘BinTheButt’ campaign.
“Unfortunately many councils refuse to provide cig bins because they say it ‘normalises’ smoking. They can’t have it both ways.
“We’d be happy to support this campaign but if Keep Britain Tidy really wants to address the issue of cigarette butts they need to lobby councils to provide more bins.
“They also need to re-engage with the tobacco industry and work with consumer groups such as Forest.
“Meanwhile a bin the butt campaign that ignores the importance of bins is a bit of a joke, to be honest.”