CHARD NEWS: Plans to stub out cigarette end litter in town centre

CHARD NEWS: Plans to stub out cigarette end litter in town centre

IMPROVED ashtray facilities could be installed into the top of rubbish bins in Chard town centre in a bid to stop pavements becoming littered with discarded cigarette butts.

There have been a number of comments made on social media in recent weeks about the amount of cigarette ends left littering the streets in the town centre.

But now Chard Town Council might agree to try and do something positive to alleviate the problems.

A motion is being put forward by Cllr Jason Baker at the council’s Guildhall and amenities committee meeting on Monday (August 7, 2017) to fit proper ashtrays to litter bins.

Cllr Baker said: “There have been many comments about our pavements in the town lately.

“Following a walk around with the council town clerk Zoe Truong we found very little litter, but did note that there was a large volume of cigarette ends around the litter bins.

“It would appear that people are using the bins and stubbing out their cigarettes on the plates provided on top of the bins, but they are then falling off and are left lying around the bins.”

Cllr Baker has obtained some quotes about the cost of changing the tops of the existing town centre bins and fitting ashtrays where possible or installing new purpose-made cigarette bins.

“I hope this should go a long way to reducing the amount of cigarette waste on the pavements,” he said.

“Sometimes it’s not that people don’t want to do the right thing, it’s just that they don’t want to put cigarette butts in the bin in case they cause a fire.”