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Operation clean beaches in action

Operation clean beaches in action

By Cassandra Tanti - July 6, 2020

With the summer reopening of Larvotto beach, the ‘Monaco Plage Propre’ operation has kicked into gear, giving smokers no reason to butt out on the Principality’s coastline.

Since 4th July, two large cone ashtray distributors have been positioned at Larvotto and two pocket ashtray distributors have been placed at the Solarium de la Nouvelle Digue.

The operation, now in its 11th year, will remain in place until stocks of ashtrays are exhausted – or until 13th September 2020, whichever comes first.

Given both sites provide the public with ashtrays, there is no excuse for anybody to dispose of their cigarette butts inappropriately.

This year, because of the hygiene measures in place, users are asked to keep their ashtrays in order to reuse them and not leave them on the beach.

In addition, the reusable ashtrays will be available at three information points: the tourist offices on boulevard des Moulins and the train station, as well as at the kiosk in the Lazare Sauvaigo alley.

The Monaco Plage Propre (Monaco Clean Beach) operation is part of a larger program called Monaco Zéro Mégot (Monaco Zero Butts), the result of a long-standing partnership between the Monaco City Council, the Department of Tourism and Congresses (DTC) and the Société Monégasque d’Assainissement (SMA). The objective is to make smokers aware of the need to maintain the cleanliness and quality of beaches, and more broadly to alert them to the impact of cigarette butts on the environment.



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