10m cigarette butts on Barcelona beaches

17th March 2005, Comments 1 comment

17 March 2005, BARCELONA-Barcelona authorities have pledged to tackle the city's dirty beaches after a study found that more than 10 million cigarette butts were discarded in the sand last season.

17 March 2005

BARCELONA-Barcelona authorities have pledged to tackle the city's dirty beaches after a study found that more than 10 million cigarette butts were discarded in the sand last season.

A study by the city's Autonomous University estimated that between June and September last year that around 790,000 smokers, equivalent to around one
third of beach users, had discarded a total of 10.5 million cigarette stubs.

The study also revealed that 4,130 cubic metres (144,000 cubic feet) of waste had been picked off the beaches in 2004, an increase of nearly 50
percent from the previous year.

Barcelona's authorities intend to tackle the issue head on with 40 employees delegated to publicise the problem and use loudspeakers to tell bathers who smoke to place their stubbed out cigarettes in new waste bins set to be provided for the purpose.

The problem is made worse by night time strollers who light up at "chiringuitos" or beach bars, which city authorities have been considering allowing to stay open until 2 am instead of midnight.

In a separate initiative, the city’s authorities want to crackdown on dog owners who allow their pets to foul the pavements by fining offenders.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

1 Comment To This Article

  • Sims posted:

    on 1st November 2012, 04:15:01 - Reply

    By some miracle this is EXACTLY the kind of information I am looking for to complete a project for one of my university classes.

    May the author of this article direct me to the original study carried out in Barcelona? I can read Spanish.