Hold on to Your Butts, Maine!

Active | February 13 2019

Plastic Pollution

The Maine Chapter is working with our Northeast Regional Manager to support the passage of a bill that would require manufacturers of cigarettes to be more accountable for the littering of cigarette butts!

LD544, An Act To Create Extended Producer Responsibility for Post-consumer Waste Generated from the Use of Tobacco Products is sponsored by Maine House Representative Lydia Blume, and is a concept draft that seeks to establish a system under which producers of tobacco products develop, finance and implement stewardship programs to collect, transport, process and safely dispose of post-consumer tobacco waste to reduce, prevent and mitigate the environmental effects of the disposal of that waste in the State.

The bill was introduced in the first regular session of the 129th Maine State Legislature with a public hearing on March 27, 2019, but was carried over by the Environment and Natural Resources Committee to the 2nd regular session, which will commence on January 8, 2020. The Surfrider Foundation will be picking up work on this bill as it moves through committee, helping inform the process of developing the concept draft based on ideas informed by California's SB424, which similarly holds manufacturers accountable for waste produced in our environment from the products they make.

You can learn more about a program we run at Surfrider Foundation called Hold on to Your Butts on our Beachapedia site! This program encourages smokers to retain their butts for proper disposal at all times, and especially where there are excellent policies in place to prohibit smoking in sensitive environmental areas, like on beaches, and places where all members of the public should be able to enjoy access to our shared natural resources, free from any individual's choice to engage in activity that presents significant risks to human health and the environment, like smoking.

LD544 is scheduled for a work session on 1/17/20 at 10AM. Stay tuned for more information!

Plastic Pollution

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