A man was caught dropping a cigarette end at Dafen Pond and fined £75, the County Council report.
A fixed penalty notices was issued by council environmental enforcement officers who were on a routine patrol at the time of the offence. Failure to pay could result in prosecution in court and a fine of up to £2,500.
According to Keep Wales Tidy, discarded cigarette ends make up the largest proportion of Wales’s litter and are found on over 90% of the streets in Wales. Cigarette ends are made from cellulose acetate which can take up to twelve years to break down. They can contaminate water supplies because they contain toxic chemicals, such as cadmium, lead and zinc which leach into the soil and waterways when the butts break down.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Dropping litter is against the law, whether it is discarding rubbish from a vehicle, throwing cigarette ends or spitting out chewing gum.
“Our enforcement officers carry out regular patrols across the county and we will not hesitate to fine anyone we see dropping litter.”
Figures show that 83% of litter found on county streets is smoking-related. Cigarette ends are very difficult and costly for the council to clean up as they fall into grates and cracks in the pavement and cannot be removed by normal cleaning methods.
“We are determined to clean up Carmarthenshire for both residents and visitors,” added Cllr Jones.
Keep Wales Tidy suggests that "there are designated cigarette bins in all towns and cities, but if you can’t find one you can always stub out your fag (making sure that it’s properly extinguished, of course!) and put it in a normal bin".
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