Bag the Butts

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Join us for our 10th annual Bag the Butts!

From April through October, free toolkits are available to help you clean up your work site, community park, or school campus.

Cigarette butts are one of the world’s greatest environmental litter problems, taking up to 10 years to decompose and leach toxins into the ground and water. Breathe New Hamshire’s Bag the Butts™ is a statewide initiative that raises awareness about the environmental impact of cigarette litter and educates people on the risks associated with tobacco use. Bag the Butts™ engages schools, groups and businesses in the shared effort of cleaning up our local communities.

To organize a clean-up in your community:

  • Select your location RCFY BTB.jpg
  • Choose your clean-up date
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Contact Breathe NH for free toolkits
  • Collect discarded cigarette butts along with other litter 
  • Share your photos and experiences #BagtheButts2019

Thank You to our 2019 Participants!

Members of the Pembroke Academy Key Club, May 2019RockRimmonParkBTB2019.jpg

Members of the Raymond Coalition for Youth – Youth Action, May 2019

We Heart West, neighborhood cleanup, residents of Manchester near Rock Rimmon Park, March 2019

Why Should We Bag the Butts?  

  • 98% of all cigarette filters are made of very thin plastic fibers, called cellulose acetate.
  • Under optimal conditions, cigarette filters can take 9 months to many years to decompose, breakdown or degrade.
  • Cigarette butts are the most littered item on earth.
  • Cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of fish, whales, birds & other marine animals.
  • Toxic chemicals, such as cadmium, lead & arsenic can leach 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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