The Champ d’Actions association organized this Wednesday the 5th edition of the operation Pick up your butt in the streets of Toulouse with nearly 200 people, employees, young people with disabilities, young people in professional integration, civic services, etc.
And these are precisely 298.925 cigarette butts which were harvested, against 229,000 last year. Toulouse therefore still holds the European record for civic cigarette butts collection. The association specifies that it is indeed a collection and not a collection where the participants themselves bring back to a place and a given day of the butts found. There, the objective is to draw up a map at time T, district by district.
Borderouge, a “cigarette butt pool”
In this case, this year it is in Borderouge that the participants found the most cigarette butts on the ground, nearly 20,000. Place de la Maourine is described as a “cigarette butt pool”. And for good reason, there are only two ashtrays. Last year, it was Balma-Gramont and Barrière de Paris. The neighborhoods of the Cow, Compans-Caffarelli, Palace of Justice and Joan of Arc are also filled with cigarette waste. In each of these areas, more than 15,000 cigarette butts were picked up. This card will be sent to the Toulouse town hall services.
Above all, we must underline the absence of street furniture intended for smokers (ashtrays attached to the bins, ashtrays integrated into the benches, ashtrays in front of each public / private establishment, etc.). Because in the end, smokers must throw their butts somewhere, and without an ashtray, the cigarette ends end up on the ground or in the Garonne.
The association recalls that a cigarette butt contains 2,500 toxic, ecotoxic, genotoxic substances. It only takes 27 minutes in a puddle of water to release 50% of these substances which end up in the Garonne.