Volunteers pick up cigarette butts along Ocean Beach
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Volunteers with the Surfrider Foundation are set to go through the Ocean Beach business area Sunday to pick up discarded cigarette butts, refurbish existing ash cans and distribute 30 new cans.
Surfrider said around 40 percent of what’s collected during beach clean-up events is cigarette butts, making them by far the most prevalent form of litter.
Wildlife often ingest cigarette butts, which poses a threat to their well-being and may cause death, foundation officials said.
Also, the plastic filters in cigarettes release toxins when saturated with water and don’t biodegrade.
The new cans will be placed along Voltaire Street and Newport Avenue, according to Surfrider.