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This summer, community members who are interested in protecting Victoria’s environment can make money at the same time by collecting discarded cigarette butts from around the city.

This BC Day long weekend, Victorians can earn up to $550 just by taking cigarette butts off the streets.

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The litter pick-up campaign, Jam One in the Can, is being hosted by Love Where You Live BC and sponsored by Castle Building Center.

The campaign is offering $0.05 per cigarette collected to a maximum ca[ of $50.

According to the group, the average person can pick up enough butts to earn roughly $25 to $35 an hour.

On top of the $0.05 cigarette bounty, a bonus $500 will be given to the person or group who collects the most cigarette butts all day, meaning you could earn up to $550 just by making our city a little greener.

But according to event organizer, Michael Wegner, the goal of the campaign is to encourage residents to be mindful of litter on a day-to-day basis.

“We have thousands of butts collected by volunteers, with no expectations of being paid, ready to send, already,” Wegner told Victoria Buzz.

“One of those volunteers even makes a cash donation in addition to the butts they bring.

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The cigarette clean-up day will take place on Saturday, August 3rd. Collected butts can be dropped off in the parking lot of Party Crashers on Quadra Street between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Collected butts must be dry and free of other garbage and can com from anywhere on the island.

“Cigarette butts are identified as the largest contributor to micro plastics in our environment, with a global production of 5.4 trillion produced annually,” reads Love Where You Live BC’s website.

“Living in a better world starts right at your front door. One Person at a time; one block at a time. Adopt your block and make the change to living litter free.”

LoveWhereYouLiveBC’s Jam One in the Can cigarette clean-up day

  • When: Saturday, August 3rd, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Party Crashers, 2642 Quadra Street