Starting today, August 25th, the “The Sea Starts Here” campaign will begin. The aim is to improve the health of the Baltic Sea through rainwater hatches into bodies of water and by reducing the amount of small waste reaching the Baltic Sea. The campaign will reach 15 Estonian cities and bring a message to people – waste, which lands in rainwater hatches will eventually reach the Baltic Sea.
Cigarette butt pollution,
which has been the focus of attention, is the main source of
plastic waste pollution in the Baltic Sea - almost a billion
smoke cubits enter the streets and rainwater sewers every year
in Estonia. The reason why cigarettes end up in the sea is
either the lack of a rainwater collection chamber or the rapid
breakdown of the cigarette butts into small parts that the
collection chamber cannot contain. Unfortunately, the rainwater
does not pass through the water disposal plant or filters, but
reaches the nearest body of water.
When cigarette butts are released into water, decomposition is
accelerated even further, and soon the cigarette butt has
broken down into up to 12,000 fibers - microplastics that can
reach through the food chain to the food menu of every human.
Cigarette butts that end up in the Baltic Sea are a problem due
to both their plastic content and the leakage of toxic
chemicals into the water.
Tallinn, which is a candidate for the European Green Capital
2022, the manhole covers are marked by city districts. In
cooperation with the Port of Tallinn, nearly 30 rainwater
hatches in the Old Port will also receive the marking. The
signs will also be drawn at Tallinn Airport. Both partners are
also participating in the campaign "Cigarette butt’s place is
in the trash" launched by Tallinn last week, which also draws
attention to the problem of garbage in the Baltic Sea. A total
of 310 rainwater manhole covers are marked in Tallinn.
As a part of the campaignf the campaign, rainwater
manhole covers will be marked in different parts of Estonia
with the message “The sea starts here”. In addition to the
message, the asphalt is marked with a visual sign to prohibit
the dumping of garbage into the rainwater hatch and a reference
to local water inhabitants (fish, seals). The exact wording
depends on the city and the local body of water.
Cigarette butts are also one of the largest polluters according
to global studies, and therefore prevention and a change in
people's behavior is essential. A similar campaign has been
practiced by several European countries, which has led to a
significant increase in public awareness and a reduction in
The "Sea starts here" campaign is supported by the
Environmental Investment Center. More information:
Tallinn, as a finalist of the European Green Capital 2022,
together with partners, will bring the fight against cigarette
butt’s pollution from both the private and third sectors into
sharp focus. A number of activities are planned, culminating in
World Harvest Day
on September 19th.
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