The Council have been embarking on a campaign recently to tackle the issue of cigarette litter. Dropping cigarette litter is a crime (Environment Protection Act 1990 and Cleaner Neighbourhood & Environment Act 2005)
Cigarette litter is the most common littered item in England and affects 78% of our streets. As part of the campaign in Lewisham, we are asking people that smoke to help by:
- Using an ashtray, pocket ashtray or rubbish receptacle.
- Not throwing butts out of car windows or onto pavements – they are a fire & health hazard.
- Extinguishing your cigarette before throwing them into the rubbish receptacle.
- Taking responsibility for your butts. Failure to do so could lead to an on the spot fine of £75 and if unpaid, a magistrates court can impose a fine of up to £2,500.
Also, use a portable ash tray. These are available either during the Smoke free campaign events or you can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 3142068
During January, February and March, 2012, Lewisham Council is working with Lewisham Public Health to spread the message about cigarette litter and to encourage smoking cessation. Officers will be on hand at various locations around the borough to give advice and hand out portable ashtrays. So far we have handed out 170 since the campaign started on 13 January.
The smoke free events will be at the following locations during January, February & March.
Lewisham Market, Fridays 13th and 27th
Catford Centre (Rushey Green) Thursday 19th
Deptford Market (GriffinSQ) Friday 20th
Lewisham Market Fridays 10th and 24th
Catford Centre (Rushey Green) Monday 27th
Deptford Market Friday 3rd
Lewisham Market Fridays 9th, and 16th
Lewisham Market Wednesday 14th (No Smoking Day)
Catford Centre Thursday 8th
Deptford Market (GriffinSQ) Wednesday 7th
Remember, No butts, stub it, bin it. Bin your butt or risk a £75 fine