California’s "Butt Lady picks up 1,000,000 littered cigarette butts in 3.5 years

February 26, 2018 by  
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Cigarette butts account for an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of trash produced worldwide annually, a good number of which never even find their way into proper trash receptacles. Instead, most of them are ingested by aquatic creatures, wildlife, and pets, or simply left to languish in streets everywhere as litter. Sick and tired of seeing her town of Auburn, California marred by the toxic trash , resident Sally Dawly decided that she would make it her aim to pick up every stray butt she encountered—and keep count while at it. Incredibly, after 3.5 years, Dawly has collected over one million thoughtlessly discarded cigarette butts. “I got tired of going on my walks and seeing cigarette butts everywhere,” Dawly told her local news station. “I’m just overwhelmed and shocked that I had to pick up this many. I keep track on a daily basis of how many I pick up and I just keep going.” Related: This startup is training crows to throw away cigarette butt litter To keep count, Dawly uses a clicker. In her tackle, she also carries a broom, a pair of tongs, and a dustpan, all of which are put to good use daily. “I’ve had days where I’ve picked up 3,000 butts, in one day,” she says, “and it’s like, come on people. Don’t throw your butts, better yet, stop smoking.” The anti-littering activist picked up her first butt in October, 2014, and on  Valentine’s Day , she hit her historic milestone of 1 million cigarette butts. But she has no plans on stopping there and has already set a new goal to collect 2 million cigarette butts. Her story has also inspired countless others to join the effort to keep streets butt-free. In Auburn, cigarette receptacles have been installed outside bars and around the city, and locals consider her a bit of a local hero. As she approached 1 million butts, a number came out to cheer her on. They are also the ones who lovingly bestowed the name “Butt Lady” upon her. Via Oddity Central Lead image via Deposit Photos , others screencaps via CBS news

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No butts: The campaign to reduce, recycle cigarette waste

June 6, 2012 by  
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TerraCycle says it can make an impact against the ever-growing mountain of cigarette butts. While the campaign has gotten approval from tobacco manufacturers, there are doubts about whether it will be effective.

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A 22 Year Rids Paris of Cigarette Butts By Hand, Makes a Dress, and Saves the Rainforest

May 13, 2011 by  
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Image Courtesy of Le Mégot Défi . Flore’s map of where’s she’s made collections. Click here for an enlarged image and details

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toss the floss… in the wastebasket.

August 29, 2010 by  
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Flushing itty bitty pieces of dental floss down the toilet seems like no big deal but it can actually wreak havoc on city wastewater pumping stations and treatment plants. Many newer flosses are made with Teflon and Gortex (which is pretty wild too when you stop to think about it) and are shred-resistant which may work wonders on your molars but quickly destroy sewage pump parts. When the floss builds up it can form a very strong rope that will wrap itself around equipment that moves the waste in the water

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a dab’ll do ya.

August 28, 2010 by  
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By now you know that reduce is the sexiest of the 3 R’s, so flex your sexy muscle by reducing your impact in the shower.

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Trillions of Killer Cigarette Butts Can Be Recycled to Fight Rust

April 15, 2010 by  
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Photo jasong106 via flickr. According to data from the Ocean Conservancy, in 2009 more than 3 million cigarettes or butts were picked up internationally from beaches and inland waterways as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup – 1 million from U

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