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It’s on again in 2013. On Tuesday October 22nd Australia is hoping for a ‘Butt Free kind of Day’.

And you and your organisation can be part of it!
We’re making it easy to help in ‘Stopping the Butts’ – by providing a range of downloadable supporter facts, flyers, files and a TV Commercial for you to send to others or to load on  your website.

On National Butt Free Day we again highlight the environmental threat posed by up to 20 Million Butts that are being littered every day around Australia! Wow!... a big number.
Help us spread the message. We need individuals, businesses and organisations to register as a Supporter of Butt Free Day 2013, to then access a range of
educational & promotional materials to generate community awareness of the problem.

To register, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone Butt Free Australia on 08 8234 7255.
Click the but image below to view the range of material you can use to help make your neck of the woods butt-free on
National Butt Free Day – Tuesday 22 October 2013.








Butt Free Australia is committed to sharing our ideas and knowledge and educating stakeholders about the issue of cigarette butt littering.

Our Latest News section provides an opportunity to keep up to date with cigarette butt litter and what is being done to address it.

Butt Free Australia welcomes feedback and encourages you to post your comments on any of the stories listed.

Our Butt Free blog is open to anyone wishing to join the conversation about butt littering, and we want to make the engagement as user friendly as possible. To safeguard everyone, however, we do need to apply some common rules and terms of use so please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Clean Up - Butt Please Don't Litter to Start With


Butt Free Australia can't help but endorse the recent comments by the Sunshine Coast Council that they would prefer that Clean Up Day didn't need to happen! 

According to Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones "While I give 100% support to Clean Up Australia Day, I can't help thinking how much effort goes on fixing a problem that doesn't need to exist in the first place".

A fundamental message in all of the Sunshine Coast's waste education work is that every individual is responsible for the waste they generate - and it's only when we all embrace this message that we can achieve real results.

That's the same message of Butt Free Australia's 'Not a Good Look' campaign. Every one individual is responsible for how they dispose of their butt!  There would be no butt litter problem if butts were simply disposed of correctly.  A small action that makes a big difference.

Excuses such as 'it's only little', 'they break down' or the popular 'there are no bins' just don't cut it. Make the effort to find a bin or carry a personal ashtray.

To find out more about the impacts of butt litter and obtain a free personal ashtray go to www.notagoodlook.com.au

Clean Up Day, the largest community involvement event in Australia kicks off today with Business Clean up Day, followed by Schools Clean Up Day on Friday, then the big one, Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 6 March.  To find out more visit www.cleanup.org.au

Blog: 1 Mar 2011


Butt it's simple - we can all make a difference

It Starts With Me Video

'It Starts With Me' is a short film highlighting one woman's story of doing 20 minute beach clean-ups with a focus on counting cigarette butts.

In just 9 days Danille, with the help of her husband and 3 children, collected 2,937 cigarette butts from Wrightsville Beach, NC. That's an average of 326 butts per day or 16 per minute!

Danille was originally inspired by her friend Sara, who writes The Daily Ocean Blog. She now has her own Our Daily Ocean blog that tells her story since her quest began back in August 2010.

The short film, directed by Destin Cretton, was a winner at the recent Brita FilterforGood Film Project at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  It's well worth a look.

Danille's philosophy is simple. What we do (or don't do) has an impact on the world we live in. It starts with me and ripples to you....

Blog: 17 Feb 2011


Tasmania acts on butts overboard

Recent ammendments to Tasmania's litter laws now mean that boat owners are liable for littering from their boats.

In announcing the changes Brian Weightman -- Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage -- acknowledged that as well as being unsightly, litter in waterways poses a threat to the marine environment.

It comes as no surprise to Butt Free Australia that cigarette butts, along with discarded fishing gear and plastic bags, were named by the Minister as just some of the items that should not be thrown overboard but collected and disposed of appropriately on-shore.

Cigarette butts are often found in the stomachs of fish, birds and other marine animals who mistake them for food, instead swallowing harmful plastic and toxic chemicals.

With an estimated one in ten butts littered in streets already ending up in our rivers, bays and waterways, the last thing needed is people dropping butts over the side of their boat!

Butt Free Australia congratulates the Tasmanian government on this important initiative.

Members of the public can report a littering offence online at www.environment.tas.gov.au/litter

or by phoning the Litter Hotline on 1300 135 513.

(You will require the registered number of name of the vessel that committed the offence)

Blog: 4 Feb 2011


Little things that matter - Lord Mayor of Melbourne

It is of no surprise to Butt Free Australia that litter, in particular cigarette butts, topped Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle’s list of the small things that he would like to see improved to make the wonderful city an even better place.  He has come up with a five-point plan based on courtesy, manners and pride to give Melbourne a boost in 2011.

The Lord Mayor listed litter, especially butts; graffiti; courtesy on our streets; begging and busking; and the Council’s own tired Christmas decorations as ‘little things that matter’. He contends that they all have simple solutions to erasing annoying behaviour and sights for the million people who visit the city each day.

Little as they may be, butts are the biggest challenge cities face when it comes to littering. Our research tells us that many people simply do not consider it littering when they drop a butt. Yet the same people are unlikely to directly litter a confectionary wrapper, fast food container or soft drink can.

The City of Melbourne is a long term partner of Butt Free Australia, through the Butt FREE City initiative, and we congratulate them on both this commitment and also the infrastructure that they provide throughout their precincts and suburbs.

So following the release of his list, we have contacted the Lord Mayor seeking a meeting to see how we can further leverage his personal passion and our expertise to really make a difference in the City of Melbourne.  Stay tuned for details!

Five ways to make our city great (Herald Sun, 2 Jan 2011)

Picture: Tony Gough Source: HWT Image Library


Seasons Greetings


2010 has been a successful and productive year for Butt Free Australia.

We look forward to working again with the many other organisations out there aiming to reduce the impact of butt littering on our natural and urban environments in 2011.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all !

Butt Free Australia Board and Staff


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