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Butt Hole Group 20

Denne idé er en del af VIA INO21 Challenge 1: Stop Littering With Cigarette Butts

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8. februar 2021

Did you know that in 2020 the cigarette butts scored second in the most littered items collected?

Cigarette Butts Numbers in 2020.

The cigarette butts are a global problem, usually occuring in cities and towns. Cigarette butts are from non-biodegradable materials, which are dangerous to the environment and also to other people in a way that they feel it is a place, where it is okay to litter. Even though the numbers of smokers are decreasing globally, the cigarette butts are still a problem. People think that they are just small pieces, but even when they decompose, they leave small plastics, which can pollute waters and hurt environment.

Litter Example

Focus of this challenge was to find a solution to cigarette butt polluting in Aarhus. We conducted a research on this and found out that many smokers are unaware that cigarette butts are made from plastic and they thought that littering is okay. For many of them it is a habit, so we tried to take this into account for our solution.

The idea is to create or modify already existing manholes in the streets. These could be built in the ground near smoking hotspots. They could be in various sizes, depending on what fits in a particular place. These holes will have cover on them, with small holes that are big enough for cigarette butts to fall through. The idea was to take advantage of smokers habits and force them, through their habits to throw the cigarette butts into our invention. Meaning that smoker still gets the satisfaction of flicking the cigarette away and stepping on it. Inside the hole is a filter for cigarrete butts, so that they separate them from water flowing into sewers and also a box filled with water, where they are collected. This brings up two advantages. The cigarette butts are extinguished and filtered from the water.

The holes in the ground are very low-maintanance, they need to be emptied once a week or in a period of time so that the box collecting the cigarette butts is not overflown.

Butt Hole plan

The covers of the holes will need to be marked (with a convenient color) so that the people notice them. There is also a need for signs for the holes, so that people recognize their use. They could also emit a bit of light in the dark, so that even people at night can spot them and recognize.

Cover plan 

The name of our invention Butt Hole was chosen so that its attractive for marketing and is easily remembered.

 

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