BELFAST- The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition held a fundraiser on Wednesday for their “butts be gone” campaign.
The group is hoping to place receptacles for cigarette buts on lampposts around downtown.
Given Belfast’s coastal location, the chair of the group, Kevin Connolly, said many cigarette butts thrown on the street end up in the ocean, creating an environmental concern.
“The cigarette butts hold four-hundred toxic chemicals in them, in the filter,” said Connolly. “The filters are plastic, not cotton filters like many people believe.”
Connolly tells us the units will cost about $99 each.
In addition to fundraising, they’ve also been applying for grants.