Some of the cigarette butts washed into Gladstone harbour.
Some of the cigarette butts washed into Gladstone harbour. Tom Huntley

Nightclub talks aim to reduce cigarette butts in harbour

GLADSTONE Regional Council wants to sit down with nightclub owners and talk about the number of cigarette butts being washed into the harbour.

Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network has asked the council to look at reducing the rubbish lazy smokers throw in the street.

Chairman Col Chapman, who is also a Gladstone counciillor, said the new efforts had been inspired by recent rain, which resulted in more than 4000 cigarette butts counted in the net trap at the end of Goondoon St.

At the council's meeting this week, the network recommended the council approach hotels and nightclubs to discuss installing cigarette butt bins.

"Council has butt bins in various places around the CBD, but in this case it was a fairly obviously case of cause and effect," Cr Chapman said.

The council will now research how to target the issue.

"What size do we need, where's the best place to put them, how often do they have to be emptied - we need to look into all that," Cr Chapman said.

"Once people have had a few drinks, they tend to forget about those sorts of things they've learnt, or know they should be doing."

He said nightclub operators could follow the lead of shop owners who kept the outside of their businesses neat and tidy.



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