The Prince’s Government, in collaboration with the Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco, and the Société Monégasque d’Assainissement, have announced the installation of 42 anti-waste baskets in the rainwater evacuation grids that are in direct connection with the sea on the Jarlan quay of Port Hercule.

This operation responds to a request from the SEPM and aims to strengthen measures to preserve the marine environment by reducing pollution linked to waste, in particular cigarette butts.

These anti-waste baskets, designed by the Pollustock company, were strategically installed with the main aim of preventing cigarette butts from ending up at sea. Their installation on the quay Jarlan constitutes a proactive response to growing concerns related to marine pollution and underlines the continued commitment of the Prince’s Government to the protection of
marine ecosystems.

The impact of cigarette butts on the environment: a necessary reminder It is imperative to remember that cigarette butts represent a significant source of environmental pollution, with devastating consequences on marine ecosystems. Cigarette filters contain non-biodegradable plastic materials that slowly break down, releasing harmful chemicals into the water. Marine animals ingest
often this debris, causing serious damage to their health and disrupting the ecological balance.

The SEPM has also considerably increased the presence of ashtrays on Port Hercule to facilitate the proper disposal of cigarette butts, underlining the SEPM’s commitment to creating a more environmentally friendly port.

By joining forces with the Société Monégasque d’Assainissement and Pollustock, the Prince’s Government and the Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco are strengthening their collaborative approach by involving key players specialized in waste management and the design of environmental solutions.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Monaco Government Press Service