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Edmonton smokers are taking more care when they finish their cigarettes. The City's Litter Audit of 123 city locations indicates a 10% drop in the number of butts dropped on the ground, compared to 2016. Auditors counted 291 butts per site in 2017. They found 324 butts in 2016 and 961 in 2009.

Our Cigarette Butt Litter Education and Enforcement strategy is working. In 2016, City peace officers issued 146 warnings and 127 tickets to those littering, with the majority being smokers who tossed their butts on the ground. At the same time, they also handed out complementary Tim Hortons coffee cards to smokers who properly disposed of their cigarettes.

Discarding cigarette butts on the ground is littering and subject to a $250 fine under Bylaw 14614. Please dispose of your butts responsibly.

Cigarette Butts are Harmful

  • They contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment
  • Fish, birds, and other animals mistake cigarette filters for food and are poisoned by them
  • The chemicals from tossed butts leach into our water system
  • They are not biodegradable and can take 1-12 years to break down
  • They leave the impression that Edmontonians don't care about the cleanliness of our city

Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite

Improper cigarette disposal is a leading cause of fire in multi-family buildings. Avoid the danger and devastation of a fire by ensuring your smoking materials are completely extinguished in a deep, non-combustible ashtray. Do NOT butt out in a plant pot. Check out Edmonton Fire Rescue Services’ Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign for more safety practices.

The Outdoor Ashtray Program

Working with Edmonton Business Improvement Areas, the City empties and maintains outdoor ashtrays. Universal symbols at each location clearly define the purpose of these public ashtrays. Private property owners are encouraged to put public ashtrays on their property to reduce cigarette butts.

Outdoor Ashtray Locations
  • Jasper Avenue
  • 104 Street Downtown
  • Rice Howard Way
  • Churchill Square
  • 107 Avenue (Central McDougall/Queen Mary - Rogers Place)
  • 124 Street
  • Alberta Avenue
  • Chinatown / Little Italy
  • Stony Plain Road
  • Ice District
  • Whyte Avenue
Help Us Maintain our Outdoor Ashtrays

If an outdoor ashtray is full or needs servicing,

  • Take note of the unit number on the upper left corner of the sign located above the ashtray
  • Dial 311 and please provide the details about the unit number and what's wrong

The City will service the unit as soon as possible.

What Else Can I Do?

Inexpensive portable car or patio ashtrays are available at most local dollar stores. If your local store does not carry them, be sure to ask them to bring them in.

CCCU Personal Pocket Ashtray

CCCU Personal Pocket Ashtrays

The Capital City Clean Up (CCCU) personal pocket ashtrays are easy to use. Simply slide the back open and use the metal tray inside to butt out and collect your butts.

The City of Edmonton will be distributing these handy containers throughout the summer at city festivals, major events and City Hall, Main Floor.

Empty the butts into a garbage can and reuse the ashtray again and again.

Quiting Smoking Resources

If you wish to quit smoking, contact Smokers' Hotline at 1-866-332-2322 or visit  Alberta Quits for more information.

Quitting Smoking Resources

If you wish to quit smoking, contact Smokers' Hotline at 1-866-332-2322 or visit Alberta Quits for more information.

Stub it Right Don't Ignite

Learn about the simple and effective practices that will help prevent fires caused by improperly disposed smoking materials.

For More Information

Capital City Clean Up


To report litter, graffiti vandalism or discarded needles, dial 311 (or 780-442-5311)

For Capital City Clean Up program inquiries, call 311

Fax 780-498-7098

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