Tahoe Cigarette Disposal Program

Cigarette butt canisterThe League and the Tahoe Waters Supplies Association (TWSA) are in the process of distributing an initial run of 250 cigarette butt collection canisters at key locations around Lake Tahoe. The aim of the Tahoe Cigarette Disposal Program is to reduce toxic chemicals from littered cigarette butts from leaching into the environment, to protect wildlife, and to reduce litter on Lake Tahoe’s shoreline.

The program came about after the League noticed that cigarette butts were the top collected trash item at cleanup events. In 2018 more than 27,600 cigarette butts were collected in and around Lake Tahoe by the League and volunteers. It is time to change that drastic statistic!

Facts about cigarette litter

  • It is full of toxic chemicals that can leach into waterways
    • Toxic chemicals such as benzopryene, formaldehyde, arsenic, lead, acetone, cadmium, nicotine, benzene, butane, ammonia etc. in the cigarette filter dissolve in the water.
  • It is a threat to wildlife that accidentally ingest discarded butts
  • It is a fire hazard
  • It is the main item found during community litter cleanups
  • It is the No. 1 most littered item in the world
  • It is not biodegradable

If you are a business owner who would like to adopt and install a canister, or if you are a concerned citizen who would like to inform the League of a hot spot to install a canister, please email cigarettedisposal@keeptahoeblue.org.

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