Although it may seem that way to many smokers, Mother Earth is not an ashtray.
Cigarette butts are the most numerically frequent litter in the world. About 360 billion cigarettes are smoked in the U.S. every year and their toxic butts litter our sidewalks, streets, neighborhoods, schools, parks, beaches, waterways, lakes, and oceans... they're everywhere.
Personally, I think a great solution to the toxic cigarette litter problem would be to use a portion of those tobacco industry recovery funds to create a cigarette butt recycling programs.
Similar to what many states do with bottle and glass recycling, the program would charge smokers a small initial deposit when purchasing cigarettes, then refund them that deposit when they return their used cigarette butts.
Just watch how fast cigarette butts fall from being the number-one most-littered item to something hard to find when people can turn in cigarette butts for cash.
Butt until then, let's hope smokers become more considerate and start picking up their trash.
Source: Mickey Carroll