It infuriates me every time I am sitting at a light and see the car in front of me throw out their cigarette butt out the window. I see it at least once a day during my commute to and from work. I just don't understand why they think that is ok. What do they think is going to happen to that butt, who is going to pick it up for them. According to "Butts Out" @ 4.3 trillion butts are discarded each year. At least 30% of those end up as litter, this creates over 500,000 tons of litter each year! Since butts are made of synthetic polymer they never degrade. On top of that, once the butts come into contact with water they begin leaching chemicals into the environment....yuck! How would these people that throw their butts out the car window feel if I went over to their house and poured toxic chemicals in their yard, I am pretty sure they would be very upset. Yet, they continue to litter their butts not caring about the environment impact their actions have.
Below is a picture of a car that I have seen throwing out their cigarette butt more than once during my morning commute to work!