HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTT
CIGARETTES MAKE UP AN ESTIMATED
OF LITTER CLEANED FROM BEACHES ANNUALLY
IT TAKES CIGARETTES
Years to Decompose
WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCEWe prevent cigarette butt pollution by installing ashcans throughout San Diego County, which has produced an approximate 65% reduction in cigarette butt litter in those areas. We also distribute pocket ashtrays to smokers. Finally, we raising community awareness through events like our annual Hold On To Your Butt Day, and advocate for stronger law enforcement of litter laws.
WHAT WE DO
The Hold On To Your Butt (HOTYB) program aims to raise awareness about the environmental impact of cigarette butt litter on our oceans, waves and beaches, and to help eliminate cigarette butt litter in San Diego County and beyond. Cigarette butts account for approximately one in every five items collected during our beach cleanups. Often littered on our sidewalks and streets, they end up in our storm drains, flowing to our streams, rivers, bays, lagoons and ultimately the ocean.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF CIGARETTE BUTTS
- An estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are disposed of in our environment annually worldwide.
- Cigarette butts leach toxins when wet, posing a threat to marine life.
- Litter clean up costs the U.S. over 11 billion annually, cigarette butts represent an estimated 32% of that litter.
- Cigarette butts are composed of cellulose acetate, a non-biodegradable plastic, which can take up to 25 years to decompose.
- Littered cigarette butts pose a significant fire threat.
Doug Karpa (Turtle Island Restoration Network), Madeline Kinsey (CA Sea Grant), Diane Castaneda (Wildcoast), and Mitch Silverstein (Surfrider SD) thank Senator Richard Roth (D31 – Riverside) for voting YES on CA’s plastic bag ban. By: Mitch Silverstein Did...read more
On Sunday, October 26th, our Hold On To Your Butt (HOTYB) committee, its volunteers, and long-time supporters and partners stormed the streets of Ocean Beach in efforts towards the Ashcan Revitalization Project. The Project included tasks of refurbishing 50 existing...read more
On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Hold On To Your Butt volunteers gathered with long-time Hold On To Your Butt partners and supporters, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Supervisor Ron Roberts, Ocean Beach Town Council, and...read more