Smokers get chance to clean up their act

18th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 January 2006, BILBAO — After the introduction of the anti-smoking law, one city is trying to clear up one of the side-effects: cigarette butts which litter the streets.

18 January 2006

BILBAO — After the introduction of the anti-smoking law, one city is trying to clear up one of the side-effects: cigarette butts which litter the streets.

Bilbao city council is handing out 200,000 portable ashtrays to smokers in an effort to stop them leaving the butts in the streets.

The new law banned smoking at work, forcing many smokers to have a puff in the street – and leave the butts on the pavements.

From next week, the Bilbao authorities will begin to give out  round plastic containers, rather like a sweet tin so smokers, to hold butts or ash.

They have two openings, one for ash, the other for butts.

They can be clipped on to a person's belt or kept in a handbag.

The city council is also to install more rubbish bins with in-built ashtrays.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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