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Why is it that people who wouldn't even think about throwing trash into the street don't hesitate to flick a cigarette butt?

The City's Litter Audit of 123 city locations indicates a 10% drop in the number of butts dropped on the ground, compared to 2016. While Edmonton smokers are taking more care when they finish their cigarettes, there is still an unacceptable number of cigarette butts being thrown on the ground.  Cigarette butts in the environment is a litter issue, not a smoking issue.

Be a responsible smoker and use an ashtray to dispose of smoking litter.

Discarding cigarette butts on the ground is littering and subject to a $250 fine under Bylaw 14614. Please dispose of your butts responsibly.

The Outdoor Ashtray Program

Working with Edmonton Business Improvement Areas, the City empties and maintains outdoor ashtrays. Universal symbols at each location clearly define the purpose of these public ashtrays. Private property owners are encouraged to put public ashtrays on their property to reduce cigarette butts.

Outdoor Ashtray Locations
  • Jasper Avenue
  • 104 Street Downtown
  • Rice Howard Way
  • Churchill Square
  • 107 Avenue (Central McDougall/Queen Mary - Rogers Place)
  • 124 Street
  • Alberta Avenue
  • Chinatown / Little Italy
  • Stony Plain Road
  • Ice District
  • Whyte Avenue
Help Us Maintain our Outdoor Ashtrays

If an outdoor ashtray is full or needs servicing,

  • Take note of the unit number on the upper left corner of the sign located above the ashtray
  • Dial 311 and please provide the details about the unit number and what's wrong

The City will service the unit as soon as possible.

What Else Can I Do?

Inexpensive portable car or patio ashtrays are available at most local dollar stores. If your local store does not carry them, be sure to ask them to bring them in.

Personal Pocket Ashtray Program

The City of Edmonton is distributing these handy containers at various facilities.

Personal Pocket Ashtray Locations

Quitting Smoking Resources

If you wish to quit smoking, contact Smokers' Hotline at 1-866-332-2322 or visit Alberta Quits for more information.

Stub it Right Don't Ignite

Learn about the simple and effective practices that will help prevent fires caused by improperly disposed smoking materials.

For More Information

Capital City Clean Up


To report litter, graffiti vandalism or discarded needles, dial 311 (or 780-442-5311)

For Capital City Clean Up program inquiries, call 311

Fax 780-498-7098

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