In collaboration with:
- Cyprus Electricity Authority
- Commissioner for the Environment
- Advice Ltd
In a bid to keeps its busy beaches free of cigarette we have prepared and thousands of eco ashtrays which have been given to beach restaurants and bars.
Visitors can pick up their foldable paper ashtray-like cones and stick them in sand or pebbles for the duration of their stay. When leaving, smokers are expected to empty their ashtrays in the bin and reuse the ashtray when they return to the beach.
The action is aimed at fighting pollution as cigarette butts ends up being unintended food for much marine fauna and can be deadly for marine species. Unlike paper and tobacco which are biodegradable, a filter is made up of 95 per cent synthetic cellulose acetate polymer, a substance that breaks down very slowly and thus damages the environment for a long time. A cigarette butt may take up to five years to break down into seawater, while polluting the water with poisonous chemical substances such as cadmium, arsenic and lead.
The effort is also meant to enhance environmental awareness and improve cleanliness and hygiene on our island’s beaches.