Edmonton smokers are taking more care when they finish their cigarettes. The City's Litter Audit of 123 city locations indicates a 28 per cent drop in the number of butts dropped on the ground, compared to 2015. Auditors counted 324 butts per site in 2016. They found 449 butts in 2015 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 complimentary Tim Hortons coffee cards to smokers who properly disposed of their cigarettes.