Wilton smokers urged to bin it!

Wilton smokers urged to bin it!

Published by Spire FM News at 1:00pm 14th August 2019. (Updated at 1:07pm 14th August 2019)

One Wilton resident got so fed up with the amount of cigarette butts on the street, that she decided to pick them up.

She collected about 300 in just one short visit to North Street.

These were then handed over to town councillor, Peter Edge, who worked out that if the offenders were fined £75 each time for littering, then the Town Council could have £22,500 for keeping the area clean.

Salisbury City Council already has the ability to fine people for dropping cigarette ends - Spire FM asked Peter Edge whether Wilton might also consider making people pay if they're caught dropping butts:

"Hopefully, if we had to we would. We already have a litter policy in place anyway, you get a fine if you drop litter.

Our problem in Wilton is that we don't have the resources that Salisbury and Wiltshire do that we can't employ enforcement officers that can issue on the spot fines."

'BIN THE BUTT'

The message from Peter Edge comes a week after Wiltshire Council launched the 'Bin the Butt' campaign, which encourages smokers to put the cigarette ends in the bin.

The true extent of the problem was highlighted by the public health charity, Action on Smoking in Health, which revealed 89kg of smoking-related waste is dropped as litter daily, equivalent to 588 wheelie bins per year in Wiltshire.

Peter thinks smokers need to be made to realise that cigarette butts are still litter:

"We have to educate people that it's not the thing to do to drop litter anywhere you like, and it's as much as dropping a tin can on the street as it is dropping a cigarette end on the street.

Litter is litter and we need to educate the public to try to stop it."

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