U.P. 4 Health hosts presentation on dangers of cigarette butts to Great Lakes

Published: Jul. 12, 2017 at 3:54 PM EDT
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U.P. 4 Health hosted a presentation at Northern Michigan University today on the dangers of cigarette butts to Lake Superior. Madelyn Ek from the Superior Watershed Partnership explained these dangers. Did you know the material in cigarette filters isn't actually cotton? It’s a common though, but they’re actually plastic, meaning they are not biodegradable. If they end up in the lake, the toxins can release into the water and kill much of the wildlife.

“Around town, we have red buckets and I'm sure a lot of people have seen them,” said Madelyn Ek, a self-sufficiency educator for the Superior Watershed Partnership. “They're outside of businesses and if you have a cigarette butt, just dispose of it properly. Dispose of it in those red buckets, that'd be very helpful, and just know that if it's on the street then most likely it will end up in Lake Superior.”

The Superior Watershed Partnership also hosted a beach clean-up at McCarty's Cove earlier tonight. Cigarette butts are the most common pollutant, making up 30% of all litter.