Limerick smokers invited to have their say as innovative ‘ballot box’ initiative rolls out
LIMERICK smokers can now tell if they think the Liam MacCarthy Cup will return to the county next year thanks to a new “ashtray voting system”.
The newly installed ‘ballot boxes’ on Bedford Row are sure to ignite passionate flames among the public as the City and County Council of Limerick seek to put out the blaze that is the litter of cigarette butts throughout. the city.
“Do you want Liam McCarthy to stay in Limerick for 2022?” That’s the question on the ballot box right now. Smokers choose a yes or no option by throwing their cigarette butt into the space provided for this purpose.
“If this ballot bin is successful, it will be rolled out to other areas of Limerick, as we believe the bin can lead to positive behavior change towards our environment. Said Sinead McDonnell, LCCC environmental outreach manager.
The question asked of smokers can be changed. A number of public representatives have taken to social media to credit their usefulness.
Just spotted him on Bedford Row Cigarette litter is constantly highlighted by @LmkTidyTown volunteers and @LimerickCouncil staff as seriously cumbersome our city. I hope people will use this “Voting Ashtray” and put their rubbish in the trash and off our streets pic.twitter.com/6ya47R0opc
– Cllr Elisa O’Donovan (@elisaodonovan)
September 30, 2021
In a short video, Mayor Daniel Butler, who described cigarette butts as “a plague on our streets,” said he wanted to remind the public of the dangers of smoking.
“Cigarettes are plastic-based and don’t biodegrade. They contain harmful chemicals that can pollute soils and waters as well as your lungs.
“So if you smoke, be sure to throw out your cigarette butt. Better still to consider quitting and there is a lot of help to be successful.
A useful service highlighted by the local authority is Phone Quit Mid West – 0656865841 or @QuitterMidWest.