Cigarette butts Auckland’s most littered item
Auckland Council receives more than one littering complaint a day, with cigarette butts being the city’s most littered item.
In the last 12 months littering was reported 550 times with cigarette butts accounting for more than a quarter of complaints.
Of the 550 complaints Auck- land Council received, only 34 resulted in fines - with 29 of these for cigarette butts.
People caught littering items less than 1 litre in weight, such as cigarette butts, face a $100 fine.
Auckland Council waste solutions general manager Ian Stupple said reporting an incident doesn’t necessarily lead to finding an offender.
Cigarette butts were often littered from moving vehicles, making offenders difficult to track down, he said.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) general manager Jodie Stuart said in New Zealand more than 6 million cigarette butts were littered each year.
Stuart said since changes to the Smokefree Environment Act banned indoor smoking there had been a significant jump in cigarette butt litter.
Stuart said Auckland needed to adopt a waste reduction plan.
‘‘Cigarette butts end up in our waterways and enter the food chains of fish, birds and other marine life. We believe this is a significant issue that needs to be addressed.’’
More than 6 million cigarette butts are discarded into New Zealand’s environment each year.