Cigarette butts to be given new purpose
Around nine kilos of cigarette butts were removed by 152 volunteers from four beaches in Tavira – Cabanas, Ilha de Tavira, Terra Estreita and Barril – between August 22 and 25 as part of the ‘Caça à Beata’ (Hunt for Cigarette Butts) initiative.
The event aims to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving behind waste such as cigarette buts at beaches.
The cigarette butts will be donated to the Biataki network, which is part of the biataCircular research project aimed at decontaminating and finding new uses for cigarette butts, such as using them to grow mushrooms or creating waterproof, fire-resistant ecobricks.
The volunteer event was organised by Tavira Council and municipal company Taviraverde, with the help of beach concession companies, local tourism and sea tour companies, and Pedras d’El Rei.