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Smokers, don't risk a £75 fine

Don't get landed with a £75 fine for throwing down a cigarette end in the street. You can collect a FREE portable ashtray from Boston Borough Council so you can dispose of your cigarettes responsibly and not run the risk of being confronted by an environmental enforcement officer.

3GS, Boston Borough Council's partner enforcement organisation, has been very active, catching litterers, many of whom have discarded cigarette ends and ended up having to pay a £75 fixed penalty.

Thanks to Boston Big Local, the council has 3,000 portable personal re-useable ashtrays to give away. They can be carried in a pocket or handbag and provide a safe way for cigarette ends to be contained until they can be binned.

You can pick up your free on-the-move ashtray from the council offices at Municipal Buildings, in West Street, the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, the Guildhall, and partner organisations who distribute them for the council.

Cigarette butts may be small but that doesn't mean that cigarette litter is a small problem. Globally, an estimated 4.5 trillion are discarded each year making them the most common form of litter on the planet. It can take up to ten years for a cigarette butt to degrade.

Chemicals in them pose a serious threat to living organisms and ecosystem health because they are toxic to microbes, insects, fish and mammals.