Help stop cigarette litter, tell local Friends of the Earth


Friends of the Earth South East Essex are keen to reduce the number of cigarette butts littering the streets.

They regularly carry out litter pick-ups on the second Sunday of the month between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., where they will provide litter pick-up equipment.

The next litter pick will be on Sunday August 14 at Natural Bites, Leigh Hill, from 10am.

According to the group, cigarette butts are the most common form of litter,

“People often think cigarette butts are biodegradable, but in reality they are the most polluted plastics. They can take 10 years to degrade, but the harmful chemicals in cigarette butts take much longer,” said Eileen Peck from Friends of the Earth South East Essex.

According to research, in addition to plastic, cigarette filters are made up of thousands of chemical ingredients, including arsenic, lead, and nicotine, all of which can inhibit plant growth.

They also regularly enter waterways and eventually the oceans. According to studies, just one cigarette butt per liter of water is highly toxic to fish.

“We recently picked up a pile of cigarette butts that people had dropped around Southend Hospital,” Eileen said.

“We’re just doing our part for our local community and the environment by helping to pick up litter! You can also do your part by putting cigarette butts in the trash and not throwing them in the street!”

There will be an afternoon coffee from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 for anyone interested in coming to discuss environmental issues. The place is at the Livingroom next to the Phab cafe. 191 Leigh Road, Leigh, SS9 1JE

For more information and updates, search ‘South East Essex Friends of the Earth’ on Facebook.


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