Tobacco Waste Recycling: An Important step in Achieving Comprehensive Smoke-Free Legislation | ZHOU Jinfeng Talks about Ecological Civilization (Lecture 167)

I participated in the “Environmental Protection and Tobacco Control Workshop” held by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), and was greatly inspired.

Cigarette filters that can be seen everywhere are a “chronic disease” in environmental protection work. In this regard, we should have legislative requirements to control tobacco from the producers, distributors and consumers.

I heard that the law in the Netherlands stipulates that 70% of waste building materials should be used for construction. Such mandatory measures can reasonably control and utilize construction waste effectively.

If smoking is a “privilege”, then everyone of us should also assume some responsibilities and obligations when enjoying this “privilege”. 

Previously, the “2020 China Marine Environment Bulletin” issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment shows that plastic garbage accounts for largest proportion (84.6%) of China’s beach garbage, which are mainly cigarette filters, foam, plastic fragments, etc.

Establishing a green and low-carbon economic system and promoting a comprehensive green transformation of economic and social development is a long-term strategy for sustainable development. It’s not just a small cigarette butt. If all the small cigarette butts can be recycled and reused, it will be a significant green transformation and green revolution.

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