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Why Your Cigarette Butt Belongs In The Trash

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Improperly discarded cigarette butts constitute litter, but many cigarette smokers don’t realize this. So, what do they do? They finish smoking, and then they toss the butts out the car window. This goes into the stream or the lawn or  the gutter. Instead of putting them in the trash in the nearest disposal bin.

Littered cigarette butts are swept by wind and runoff rain into nearby water bodies. The aquatic ecosystem gets contaminated by the toxic substances in the filters. This affects the quality of the water as well as marine life. The birds and fish mistake the cigarette butts for food and ingest them. Many researchers have attested to this.

The DangersOfCigaretteLitter

One-third of all litter found in outdoor recreation areas, including parks, is made up of cigarette butts. About 85% of all cigarette filters are mindlessly flung to the ground. When we break that percentage down, 37% of these butts are thrown into shrubbery and bushes, 25% are dumped on or around an ash receptacle and 15% are thrown into planters.

When you dispose of cigarette filters improperly, you are doing some severe harm to societies and to the economy. It is plain unsightly to see cigarette butts gathered in water drains, around corners and along fences. The thing about litter is that it cheapensthe value of that property and its environment, and investors will be discouraged from taking up investment opportunities in the area.

It is important to note that cigarette butts are made of non-biodegradable material, material which has been proven through studies to take 10-25 years to breakdown. This material is plastic (cellulose acetate). Of the hundreds of billions of cigarettes sold each year, 99% have plastic filters and one-third of these are discarded into the environment.

These cigarette filters contain carcinogenic compounds like nicotine, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, arsenic and heavy metals. If it takes 10-25 years for these filters to breakdown, that’s time for these toxic chemicals to leach into the ecosystem. Possibly start an accidental fire, get picked up off the ground and eaten by children and animals. even kill any animal or child that eats them and cost the communities billions of dollars to do a cleanup.

Managing The Problem

It is illegal to litter the environment with cigarette butts. However, the penalties have done little to repress the behavior. Besides just penalties though, there are other ways we can help the situation. We can increase the number of easily accessible disposal bins in areas where people smoke. This will encourage them to dispose of filters, lighters and packaging properly. We can also organize awareness programs where we can sensitize smokers about the serious consequences of carelessly discarding cigarette butts in the environment. People in a community should take pride in their community and do the right thing.

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How To Properly Dispose Of Clean-Fill

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Clean fill waste is any waste material that does not undergo any chemical, physical or biological metamorphosis or alteration that may have effects that are detrimental to health and to the environment once placed in a clean fill.

Clean fill material includes:

  • Virgin materials (such as soil, rock, clay)
  • Inert materials (like brick and concrete)

Clean fill material does not contain potentially hazardous substances, and therefore must not be mixed with non-clean fill materials. Clean fill material is deposited in a landfill that is specifically designated for clean fill material only.

Landfilling VersusCleanFilling

A landfill is a waste disposal site that is designed for the controlled depositing of solid wastes into/onto land. The solid waste accepted at landfill sites consist of non-hazardous, solid and degradable waste from residential, commercial and industrial sources. Garden waste and putrescencewaste can also be disposed through landfilling. Over time, such waste will produce leachate and landfill gas, so a careful selection of the site is necessary.

Clean fills are low-cost alternatives to landfills. They are especially meant for inert waste which has zero negative effects on the environment. In this case, there will be no need for elaborate constructions of leachate collection systems, gas collection systems or liners.

How ToPrepareCleanFillForDisposal

The waste in a clean fill is typically derived from construction and demolition sites, so generally it consists of soil, rock, brick and concrete among other such inert waste materials. Before disposal, clean fill must be rid of:

  • Liquid waste;
  • Hazardous substances;
  • Degradable, combustible, leachable and putrescent material;
  • Products derived from hazardous waste treatment, stabilization or disposal practices;
  • Materials that constitute a risk to human/animal health (like radioactive substances, asbestos, medical waste, veterinary waste).

However, consider the following guidelines also:

  • Due to muddy conditions, clean fill is not accepted right after rainfall. Normally, you’ll have to wait two or three days clear without rain for the clean fill to dry out completely.
  • You don’t need a permit to deposit a residential clean fill in a city landfill. Only, do not use a commercial vehicle, and the source of the waste material must be at least 30 meters away from a fueling station or dry cleaning business.
  • Commercial vehicles used to deposit clean fill must acquire an approvalnumber before arriving at the disposal site.

It is advisable to work with professionals in your area if you’re looking for a suitable clean fill disposal bin size and landfill. This will ensure safe disposal that is also within the bounds of the law.

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