Bag the Butts

Bag the Butts™

Join us in the spring of 2019 for our 10th annual Bag the Butts event and help us reach our goal of collecting 10,000 cigarette butts! 

Cigarette butts are one of the world’s greatest environmental litter problems, taking up to 10 years to decompose and containing toxic chemicals. Breathe New Hampshire offers a Bag the Butts clean-up initiative state-wide.

Any time is a great time to Bag the Butts. Organize your own Bag the Butts event in your neighborhood, at your workplace, school campus, or favorite park. Breathe New Hampshire provides free toolkits. Toolkits are still available for people who organize their own community clean-ups.

For more information: Call 603-669-2411 or email

Why Bag the Butts?

  • Cigarette filters, look like cotton but, are made of very thin fibers of plastic called cellulose acetate
  • Cigarette filters can take between 18 months & 10 years to decompose (biodegrade)
  • Cigarette butts are the world’s greatest environmental litter problem
  • Cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of fish, whales, birds & other marine animals
  • Toxic chemicals, such as cadmium, lead & arsenic can trickle from cigarette butts into the water and soil
  • Discarded cigarette butts can start forest fires
  • Cigarette butts are small enough to be eaten by children and small animals 

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Thank you to everyone that joined us at #BagtheButts2018 as we collected 11,950 cigarette butts and other litter.

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