Tobacco companies to be billed for cleaning up cigarette butts in Spain


Ruling is part of a package of measures designed to reduce waste and increase recycling

Cigarette manufacturers will also be responsible for educating the public not to discard their butts in the public space. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Stephen Burgen in Barcelona | 3 Jan. 2023

Tobacco companies are to be forced to foot the bill for cleaning up the millions of cigarette ends that smokers discard every year under new environmental regulations in Spain.

The ruling, which comes into force this Friday, is part of a package of measures designed to reduce waste and increase recycling. It includes a ban on single-use plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, expanded polystyrene cups and plastic straws, as well as cutting back on plastic food packaging.

The law conforms to a European Union directive limiting the use of single-use plastics and which aims to oblige polluters to clean up the mess they create.

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