Litter Hotspots: Operation Binfrastructure - Cigarette Litter

City of Melbourne

A cigarette butt litter prevention and recycling project targeting key university and hospital litter hotspots in Melbourne. City of Melbourne engaged and worked collaboratively with identified universities and hospitals to install innovative cigarette butt bin recycling infrastructure to capture the increased volume of butt litter  appearing on campuses and around hospital premises. The council also collected litter data, installed new signage, and undertook community surveys and community engagement activities to reduce the litter flow into stormwater drains and the Yarra River.

Key achievements from this project included:

  • installing 300 cigarette butt bins at 60 hotspot sites 
  • collecting more than 1.12 million cigarette butts 
  • 96.8% reduction in litter cigarette butts at one project site.



Last updated: 20/05/2020