Clever scheme encourages smokers in a Cork town to bin cigarette butts by casting a vote 

Clever scheme encourages smokers in a Cork town to bin cigarette butts by casting a vote 
The bin in Cobh that asks people to vote with their cigarette butt.

Smokers in Cobh have been given a novel way of disposing of their cigarette butts.

Two ballot bins have been installed in the town this week, which is a customisable ashtray, proven to reduce cigarette butt litter by 46%.

Each Ballot Bin, which is bright yellow in colour, displays a question and two answers. Smokers vote by putting their cigarette butt in the slots underneath their preferred answer.

Cigarette related litter made up 54.4% of all litter according to the 2018 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Report, and this novel idea is aimed at reducing litter being placed on the streets of Cobh.

“The idea for the bins came from Cork County Council's Cobh Municipal District Litter Warden,” a council spokesperson told The Echo.

“The bins had proven to be successful at a number of locations in the UK. Cork County Council agreed to trial two bins which were installed this week. 

"The bins have two compartments wherein a cigarette butt can be placed in either one. The captions may be changed as required,” the spokesperson said.

“As the bins have only been in situ for a week, it is too early to determine their level of success. 

"However, Cork County Council considers the system offers strong potential and will assist Cobh as part of its Tidy Town undertakings where a 5th consecutive Gold Medal was secured this year,” they added.

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