In Portugal 7000 cigarette butts are thrown on the ground EVERY MINUTE a new study has found.
Now a new law is to pass that anyone throwing cigarette butts to the ground will be fined, this can go from 200 euros to 4000 euros for individuals, and a much larger fine up to 9 thousand euros for the case of companies. Bars and restaurants will be required to have ashtrays outside the outlets, and will be responsible for this kind of litter.
The diploma has already been approved in general by the Assembly of the Republic with the favorable votes of PS, PAN, BE and PEV, the votes against the CDS-PP bench and the abstention of PSD, PCP and five members of CDS- PP.
A huge problem in Madeira as well as most places in the world here is a reminder of photos Diana sent me last year taken at one point in Funchal. https://www.madeiraislandnews.com/2018/04/disgusting-mess-in-funchal.html
The ICC collects data from every beach cleanup, and in 2017 found the following items to be the top 10 most common forms of litter worldwide: Cigarette butts were at the top of the list with 2.4 million collected from shorelines across the globe in 2017
1. Cigarette butts
2. Food wrappers
3. Plastic bottles
4. Plastic bottle caps
5. Plastic grocery bags
6. Other plastic bags
7. Straws and stirrers
8. Plastic take-out containers
9. Plastic lids
10. Foam take-out containers