Rutherford County TN

Rutherford County Tennessee

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Cigarette butts end up in our storm drains and end up in our local creeks and rivers without being treated. Cigarettes make up more than one third of all collected litter. Disposing of cigarettes on the ground or out of a car is so common that 75 percent of smokers report doing it. It make look like cotton, but 98 percent of cigarette filters are made of plastic fibers that are tightly packed together, which leads to an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts winding up as toxic trash each year. Cigarette butts can leach toxic chemicals that can end up in our rivers and lakes and is harmful to wildlike and aquatic life. Chemicals found in one cigarette can contaminate 7.5 liters of water within one hour.