Parramatta council has received a $123,000 grant from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to tackle cigarette butt littering in the area.
Lord mayor John Chedid welcomed the funding which will be used to educate and prevent smokers from butt littering through a multi-faceted campaign in October.
“Despite their small size, the sheer number of cigarette butts makes them the most littered item in Australia,” Cr Chedid said.
“We’ve already installed 60 Enviropoles to collect cigarette butts from smokers in the CBD and town centres but more can be done.
“Our friendly and positive litter campaign will encourage smokers to be more mindful of the impacts of butt littering and to choose proper disposable methods such as Council’s Enviropoles.
“Working together, we’ll be able to reduce the number of cigarette butts in the City’s streets, parks and waterways and create a better environment for all to enjoy.”
More information about the campaign will be revealed in October.
This funding is part of the EPA’s Waste Less and Recycling Initiative and forms part of the recently announced $2.3 million Litter Prevention Program