Fine for dropping cigarette ends
The Portugal News reported last week on a law that approves measures for the collection and treatment of tobacco waste and introduces fines of between €25 and €250 those who drop cigarette ends to the ground has been published in Portugal.
The law approves measures for the “proper disposal, collection and treatment of tobacco product waste” and includes measures to raise awareness and inform the population to help reduce the impact of this waste on the environment.
As of Wednesday last week, the ends of cigarettes or cigars will be considered “solid urban waste” and, therefore, their “disposal in public space” is prohibited.
The law cames into force on the 4th of September, but provides for a “transitional period of one year from the date of coming into force” to adapt to the law.
According to the law, “commercial establishments, namely restaurants and establishments selling beverages and those where entertainment activities take place and all buildings where smoking is prohibited must have ashtrays and equipment suitable for the disposal of undifferentiated and selective waste produced by their customers, including containers with tipping lids or other devices that prevent the spreading of waste in public space”.
The establishments are also responsible for cleaning up the waste produced in the areas of commercial occupation and in a catchment area within a radius of five metres.
The government will create a system of incentives, within the scope of the Environmental Fund, and promote campaigns to raise consumer awareness of the responsible destination of tobacco waste, including cigarette, cigar or other cigarette ends within 180 days of the law coming into force.
As regards tobacco companies, the new law indicates that they should promote the use of biodegradable materials in the manufacture of tobacco filters.