Split-Dalmatia County Joins Movement to Keep Coastline Free of Cigarette Butts

Daniela Rogulj

August 22, 2019 – Split-Dalmatia County has joined the campaign “Coastline without cigarettes”, vowing to keep Croatia’s beaches clean.

Thus, in a letter sent to all concessionaires, Split-Dalamatia County invites them to join the movement to ensure their customers are informed about the need to keep the environment clean. To this end, Split-Dalmatia County has created an informational poster that will be distributed to all assigned concessionaires, writes Goran Rihelj of HRTurizam.

Split-Dalmatia County is also calling for the installation of paper ashtrays or cans that can be used for ashtrays, while installing plastic cups and dishes for collecting cigarette butts is not permitted.

According to the memo, Split-Dalmatia County will provide the funds to make the campaign as successful as possible through brochures, paper ashtrays, posters, and media visibility. For now, it is not yet known who is involved in the campaign, apart from the Kaštela area who have publicly announced their support.

The obligation of the concessionaire, if they show interest, would be a drink reward for each delivered full ashtray. Rihelj writes that it is enough for the County to provide posters, brochures, as well as paper ashtrays to each concessionaire, and condition some environmental standards when awarding concessions.

Croatia is thus catching on to a story that originated in the south of Spain where free drinks are exchanged for a cup full of cigarette butts. Among the first was Beach bar Mocca on the island of Krk, which set up cans for cigarette butts, and Camp Slanica on the island of Murter, which awarded a free drink for every full ashtray turned in. 

In addition, the Tourist Board of Murter-Kornati installed ashtrays on all beaches in Murter at the beginning of summer. Now, this excellent story and initiative are joined by Split-Dalmatia County.

In addition to contributing to a cleaner environment, this also helps in the prevention of fires, since lit cigarette butts are one of its leading causes.

Paper ashtrays were first introduced in Croatia by the Volim Vlašići association from the island of Pag, and this year, the project has expanded to the town of Hvar.

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