Thinking of the environment –
even when you’re smoking
all of us dear –
not only the environment
To curb environmental pollution from single-use plastic, a European strategy to reduce plastic waste was developed in 2018.
Cigarette waste also plays a role in plastic pollution and, when taken together, can become a major problem.
“If we don’t change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050,” said First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.
In the future, manufacturers of single-use plastic products, which include cigarette filters, are to take more responsibility for all cigarette waste disposed of in public spaces.
Environmental protection concerns us all
Littering often happens carelessly and out of habit – and nothing is harder to change than habits. For this reason alone, there will be no quick solution and individual measures will not solve the problem. Only the combination of many instruments will ensure better environmental protection in the medium and long term. Only together will we be able to sustainably change the problem of littering: Producers, consumers, politicians and local authorities have a joint responsibility in this regard.
Producers and their suppliers are already working on alternative materials for filter production.
Cities and municipalities can provide more and better disposal facilities and sanction littering more severely as an administrative offence. Businesses can also provide suitable disposal facilities and keep their outdoor areas clean.
Policymakers can provide incentives for innovation, such as promoting norms and standards for better environmental properties and performances of products.
At the heart of littering, however, is the consumer. Therefore, the BVTE advocates increasing awareness and change in consumer behaviour.