Cigarette litter reduction

Discarding cigarette butts on the ground is littering and subject to a minimum fine of $100 up to $10,000 under the Street and Traffic Bylaw No. 2849.

Help us maintain our outdoor ashtrays

If an outdoor ashtray is full or needs servicing, please report this to us through VanConnect.

Your waste is your responsibility. You can help protect our parks, beaches, waterways, and wildlife, and prevent fires by properly disposing of your cigarette butts in a waste receptacle, ashtray, or pocket ashtray, and by encouraging others to do the same.  

Tobacco and cannabis smoking is prohibited in parks and beaches and in many public spaces, such as in transit shelters, customer service areas, and some plazas, as well as within 6 meters of a window, doorway, or air intake.

Cigarette butts are the #1 littered item in Vancouver

One million cigarette butts are littered in Vancouver every day

Smoking related fires caused $15 million in losses between 2011 to 2017

A cigarette butt is toxic to aquatic life and takes 25 years to decompose

Fines for littering cigarette butts range from $100 to $10,000

Volunteers collected 8,270 bags of litter in 2018

Pocket Ashtray Pilot Program

Pocket ashtrays serve as an on-the-go cigarette butt container. They are easy to use, prevent fires, protect our waterways, and reduce litter. 

Users can store cigarette butts in their pocket ashtray until they are near a waste bin, where the ashtrays can be emptied and then reused.

We will be distributing pocket ashtrays for free, while supplies last, at various locations as part of our anti-litter outreach efforts.

Join or lead a litter cleanup

Litter cleanups are a fun and meaningful opportunity for residents to gather friends, family, and colleagues together to keep their neighbourhoods looking spectacular and to build a sense of community and purpose.

COVID-19 update: To comply with Provincial Health Orders, we have temporarily suspended our Neighbourhood Cleanup Party program. Adopt-a-Block cleanups will continue for individuals and households.

Learn more or volunteer for Adopt-a-Block

Contact us

cleanup
@vancouver.ca

Phone: 604-871-6443