“Give 10,000 won for 1 kilogram of cigarette butts”… Gangbuk-gu’Cigarette Butts Collection Compensation System’

Any residents aged 20 who bring cigarette butts will be rewarded up to KRW 30,000 per month per month.

Gyeom-soo Park, head of Gangbuk-gu, explains the necessity of preventing marine pollution with microplastics.

[아시아경제 박종일 기자] Gangbuk-gu (Gu Gyeom-soo Park) will operate the’Cigarette Butts Collection System’ in earnest from next month.

The’cigarette butt collection compensation system’ is a system in which residents receive compensation according to their weight when they bring discarded butts on the street. Anyone over the age of 20 in Gangbuk-gu can earn up to 10 won per gram and up to 30,000 won per month. However, compensation is given from over 1kg (10,000 won), which is the standard weight of payment, and if it exceeds 1kg, it is paid in 1g increments.

This project started in January of last year, but was restarted this time after being withheld due to the prolonged Corona 19.

Residents who wish to participate in the project can apply for compensation after completing the pre-registration and training at the community center in their residence. All you have to do is visit the community center with cigarette butts, ID cards, and a copy of your bankbook collected for two days on the third Wednesday and Thursday of every month.

If the cigarette butt is wet or contains foreign substances, registration is not possible. They also do not accept applications for proxy. Rewards will be transferred to the applicant’s account at least 10 days before the beginning of the following month from the date of application.

The collection compensation system began with the aim of preventing cigarette butts from flowing into rivers and seas. Gangbuk-gu explained that it is an urgent need to prevent butts from being thrown away on land.

According to the Ministry of Environment, about 12.46 million cigarette butts a day are thrown away on the streets. Discarded butts flow into sewers or rain gutters and flow into rivers and seas. The plastic components of the cigarette butt filter introduced into the ocean are shattered and threaten the aquatic ecosystem. The microplastics consumed by marine organisms go through the food chain and are absorbed into the human body, which is the final stage. It is known that more than 90% of domestically produced cigarettes use plastic filters.

Meanwhile, Gangbuk-gu has made various efforts to protect the sea with microplastics. Starting with the campaign to eradicate cigarette butts from pan-guests in 2019, a’butt filter’ was attached to the sewer rain gutter.

In addition, the nation’s first’Ordinance on the Installation and Management of Ashtrays Around Restaurants to Prevent Pollution of the Marine Environment’ was created. As the restaurant operator and the catering business group agreed, about 98% of the general restaurants in the area that are currently located outside non-smoking areas have installed ashtrays outdoors.

Gyeom-soo Park, head of Gangbuk-gu said, “I hope this project will serve as a pick-up for preventing marine pollution.

Reporter Park Jong-il [email protected]

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