Organisation works towards recycling all cigarette butts

12th September 2018

A group of local ‘womblers’ is hoping to stop filling Guernsey’s landfill sites with cigarette butts.

Pick it up Guernsey has worked with the States to introduce a drop-off point for the stubs at Longue Hougue, and is currently looking at putting further disposal points elsewhere.

Andrew Munro, from the organisation, says the idea came from a wombling session earlier this year:

‘I wombled from 5am until 9pm  – dawn until dusk – and collected 7,500 cigarette butts which, on my maths, was one every 6.5 seconds for 14 hours and one every 172cm. 

‘We worked out that they were going into landfill in Guernsey and I’m very pleased to say we found a recycling company in the UK which accepts cigarette butts.

‘We’ve teamed up with Channel Seaways which is shipping the waste over to the UK.’

Pick It Up Guernsey has the opportunity to work with award-winning film-maker, Lucas Jedrzejak, who specialises in documentaries with a social theme.

The organisation is looking for people who may be interested in being interviewed for the teaser to come forward, as well as £3,000 funding to get the project off the ground.

You can get in touch with Pick It Up Guernsey and find out more about the organisation here.

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