The city program charged with cleaning up hundreds of thousands of cigarette butts tossed onto Ottawa streets every year is cumbersome and ineffective, according to the Bank Street BIA.
And a city councillor agrees, saying it's likely time for a change.
In spite of the fact there are fewer smokers these days — and that a growing number of them are smoking paperless e-cigarettes — the waste from traditional cigarette butts is staggering.
Of the 2.6 million butts generated daily in Ottawa, city staff estimate about 780,000 of them end up littered on the ground every day.
"It's hard to believe, but stand outside a Tim Hortons, or an office building, or in a parking lot, and count the piles of 10 to 500 [butts] that you'll see there," says Coun. David Chernushenko.