The great ciggy butt challenge

The Great Ciggy Butt Challenge – 15th September 2019

Tasman Bay (and the rest of our planet) has been used as a giant ashtray, any cigarette thrown anywhere will eventually be moved by water, into our waterways and end up in the sea. 

A survey we conducted recently removed 331 cigarette butts from a small area on Tahunanui Beach alone.

We are trying to break the butt chucking culture so let’s band together and stop the butts from ending up on our beaches and even worse on our dinner plates. 

On the 15th of September Tasman Bay Guardians is running a competition between the hours of 10 and 11 am to see who can pick up the most cigarette butts.

All you need to enter is a good attitude, a pair of gloves, a container and a cell phone.

Simply count the butts you collect, take a photo of them and either email your entry along with an image to or post it on our Facebook page. 

Remember to include your name, phone number (email only) and where you collected the butts from. 

The winner of the competition will win a boat trip for two with Abel Tasman Eco Tours to spend an interactive day in paradise, experiencing nature.

The data we collect will be used to bring attention to the issue and hopefully stop butts ending up in our oceans 🙂

You could cheat and just empty your ashtray to win the prize, but you would have totally missed the point however it might give you an idea of how many cigarettes you are smoking.

Who’s going to get the big numbers and win the prize? Good luck and look forward to seeing you on the hunt!!

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