Pile of cigarette butts.

A proposed recycling scheme aims to tackle cigarette butts littering Catalonia, Spain.

With the Catalan government considering paying €4 to anyone who hands in a cigarette pack’s worth of butts at a recycling point, it is suggested that the scheme could be a source of income for homeless people.

Cigarette butts are the second most common single-use plastic found on European beaches, says the European Commission.

From this July, smoking will be banned on all of Barcelona’s city beaches – a move that aims to cut marine pollution from smokers’ waste.

According to The Guardian, the butt recycling proposal could be introduced as part of a wider legislative package on waste, which is due to be implemented in 2023.


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