10,000 cigarette butts at beaches
A Queenstown woman who collected 10,000 stinky cigarette butts from Queenstown beaches has asked the Queenstown Lakes District Council to impose a smoking ban.
On Tuesday Smith joined with health groups to make a submission on the council’s 10-year plan calling for the ban at the town’s beaches
Over 30 days Liz Smith collected 10,527 cigarette butts from Queenstown Bay and Frankton Beach and photographed the result to make a ‘‘visual statement’’.
She posted her final photo on popular Facebook page Queenstown Trading on the weekend and asked for ‘‘yes’’ responses to show support.
By Monday afternoon more than 3700 people had responded.
‘‘The support has been awesome...People are just shocked when they see it together in that amount.’’
She was often surprised how many she found just two days after she had already cleaned up an area.
‘‘It ranged from between 200 to 600 in a day. One day I did Queenstown Beach and it was about 1000 and that’s just me collecting for 20 minutes.’’
Before the meeting Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said he was not sure a ban would be possible.
Council had considered it before and would address it again. ‘‘It’s difficult because we live in a free world and smoking is legal.’’
Queenstown woman Liz Smith collected over 10,000 cigarette butts.