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New rules in Spain under which tobacco companies will have to clean cigarette butts

A Man Smokes A Cigarette In Spain

A man smokes a cigarette in Spain

Tobacco companies will have to clear butts from Spain’s streets and beaches, according to a new environmental regulation.

Millions of cigarette butts are thrown away every year, creating toxic plastic waste that can take decades to decompose.

about A fifth of Spaniards smoke every dayAs per 2020 data.

The regulation went into effect on Friday, but it is not yet clear how it will be enforced or whether the cost will be passed on to consumers.

A report by the Fundación Catalana Rezero estimated that local authorities in Catalonia pay between 12 and 21 euros (US$13–22) per resident annually to clean up cigarette streets, with higher rates in coastal areas.

The document describes cigarette waste as “most abundant” on the beaches of the western Mediterranean and adds that existing measures to reduce it, such as awareness campaigns and portable ashtrays on beaches, have become insufficient,

The new regulations make manufacturers responsible for the collection of discarded cigarette butts as well as their transportation to waste treatment.

Mesa del Tabaco, the tobacco industry association, announced it is still awaiting details on how the regulations will be implemented, according to local media reports.

problem continental

Most cigarette butts contain a cellulose acetate fiber filter, which is a type of bioplastic.

According to scientists, contamination by microplastics can hinder plant growth,

The new rules stem from a law passed last year that bans single-use plastics such as cutlery and straws, designed to comply with an EU directive.

Cigarette Butts

cigarette butts

Ireland introduced similar legislation on Thursday, requiring tobacco companies to contribute to the cost of cigarette waste.

According to the country’s National Litter Pollution Monitoring System, almost half of the waste in Ireland is cigarette-related.

Spain has introduced a number of radical measures to curb smoking in recent years.

Smoking was banned last July All public beaches in Barcelona And offenders were fined 30 euros ($32).

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