Pocket ashtrays to help smokers keep the town clean when they butt out
Tim Brody - Editor
A Sioux Lookout business owner is doing her part to help keep the community clean.
Drayton Cash and Carry is now selling reusable pocket ashtrays for $1.99 plus tax.
Drayton Cash and Carry owner Dorothy Broderick explained why she is selling the pocket ashtrays, “Too much litter on the ground. Everywhere you go, every time you do litter pick-up, any time you do any kind of community clean-up, you’re going to find so many cigarette butts. It’s gross.”
Broderick said she has noticed cigarette butts on the ground at boat launches, along walking paths, and littering sidewalks in town.
“I can’t say I wasn’t part of the problem when I was young. I was,” she admitted. “So now it’s time for me to make up for that and make it possible for people who do smoke to try to make things a little bit cleaner, a little bit better.”
“I’m not against smoking,” she clarified. “People are adults. They have their own choices, and so they should. But what I am against is people’s choices affecting our environment in that kind of way. There’s no need for it. This gives them the ability when they’re out, let’s say you’re taking your kids for a walk, your dog for a walk, you’re out in the bush hunting, out on the lake fishing, you’re out canoeing or doing whatever; you want to have a smoke, perfect. Now you can take something out of your pocket. Drop the lit cigarette in, close the flap. It puts the cigarette out and keeps the smell inside the ashtray. So now you can carry this thing around and no worries.”
Broderick said she can’t take credit for the idea of the pocket ashtrays themselves though.
“The creator is Jack Elliman. He’s based out of BC and he started this after going to festivals and stuff like that. He would note there would be a ton of garbage on the ground and a lot of the garbage happened to be (cigarette) butts, so he wanted a way to keep festivals cleaner.”
“Eventually I will look into recycling the butts, but at this point I am not set up for that yet,” she concluded.