It came as no surprise that cigarette butts are the world’s most littered trash. Cigarette butts are a form of non-biodegradable litter, which cause significant harm to the natural environment. They are toxic. They are pollution. They are everywhere – and the problem is that they are very difficult to be cleaned.
Cleaning up cigarette butt litter is a powerful way to fight pollution – community engagement is the key. The Butt Litter Clean-Up Event is organised by The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon, aiming at promoting a smoke-free healthy lifestyle through walking and cleaning up butt litter along the beautiful promenades. Thanks to our people, who volunteered in this clean-up event on 11 March.
28 volunteers in total, including their family members, participated in this two-hour event at the Tsim Sha Tsui – Hunghom Promenade, a 3.5-kilometre-long viewing trail along the coast with the magnificent view of Victoria Harbour and the dramatic view of Hong Kong Island skyline. Starting from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, our volunteers picked up every butt litter that they spotted all along the promenade. They carefully removed the butts as many as they could, and they even cleaned the dock stairs at the pier to prevent the toxic butt litter from being washed into our harbour. We believe cleaning up butt litter also helps create a welcoming and beautiful city.
We truly appreciate the aims of the Butt Clean-Up Event – beautifying the city while also promoting health and wellness for the community. It was a great event to participate in and it was very rewarding. We would like to thank our people who helped make this a valuable experience. Great teamwork at its best – collecting hundreds of cigarette butts. Every one of us can make a change for this beautiful city – as long as we are willing to serve our community and connect with one another.