There is a common misconception that small amounts of litter don’t have a big effect the environment. This is false. Research shows that it can take more than 12 years for cigarette butt litter to break down, polluting our environment and waterways. All we ask smokers to do is please butt it, then bin it.
One of Greater Dandenong’s most recent residents, Ms NoButts (#msnobutts) also feels very strongly about this matter and thinks that there are no butts about it - Greater Dandenong is not an ashtray. Dropping cigarette butts and small amounts of litter are against the law and attract fines which exceed $6000 if the matter is referred to court.
Both Council and Ms NoButts urge smokers to do the right thing and find a bin when you finish your cigarette. Council have made this more convenient by installing butt bins in the top of most public litter bins throughout the municipality and by making free personal butt bins available from selected customer service locations.
If you see someone drop a cigarette butt
If you see someone litter a cigarette butt before getting into a vehicle or from a vehicle, you can complete this confidential litter form (Word - 280KB) and return it to Council for immediate follow up.
For more information on the reporting and investigation process, see our litter and illegal rubbish dumping page.
Ms NoButts catches people in the act
Ms NoButts has zero tolerance for cigarette butt litter. Many would agree that dropping a cigarette butt on the ground (including garden beds and gutters) is not only gross, but damages our waterway and wildlife.
In these videos, Ms NoButts catches some local people* in the act!
*The people in the videos are actors, but still be warned, Ms NoButts is often out on the prowl and will call you if you do the wrong thing!