Calgary launches ash bin offensive to keep butts off city streets
July 27th, 2009:
By Kim Guttormson, Calgary Herald July 16, 2009
CALGARY- The city is installing 30 ash bins throughout downtown in a pilot project designed to keep cigarette butts off the street.
"With the advent of the smoking bylaw, we're seeing cigarette butts as the number one litter," Ald. Druh Farrell said.
Ald. Druh Farrell and the city of Calgary introduced ash trays to cope with the cigarette butts downtown.
Photograph by: Leah Hennel,
"If you go along Stephen Avenue you'll see hundreds of butts in the tree wells." She added the butts are also washed into the city's storm water system, which empties into the river and that they present a hazard to birds.
The pilot project - whose cost of less than $5,000 is being shared with business groups - will see 30 of the chrome units placed on poles in James Short Park, along the 7th Avenue transit corridor, in Victoria Crossing, at city hall's plaza and other littering hotspots.
The small bins limit the amount of oxygen, meaning paper, as an example, won't catch fire from a smoldering butt.