Butt, they decompose. Right?
Cigarette butts are a major litter problem in Kentucky. Many people are unaware that cigarette butt litter usually ends up in our local creeks and rivers after being washed down our storm drains when it rains. Estimates of how long it takes a cigarette butt to decompose range from 8 to 10 years. Scientists debate whether the filter (made of a plastic called cellulose acetate) ever completely breaks down, but rather remains in our water and soil at microscopic levels.
Bluegrass Greensource is currently designing a cigarette butt campaign to address the issue in Lexington and we are seeking your input! Do you find cigarette butts in your neighborhood, your favorite park, or near your office or school? Send your ideas for addressing cigarette butt litter and locations that could use some assistance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!