People Still Smoke
The undeniable truth is quite simple: people still smoke. In 2015, 15 out of 100 adults in the U.S. still smokes cigarettes regularly. This is down roughly 25% from 2005. And all throughout the U.S., city ordinances have been striking down public cigarette smoking — from beaches to state courthouses. Does this mean that cigarette ash urns in publics spaces are no longer needed?
Where There's Smoke, There's Butts
Cigarette butts, to be exact. In spite of the drop in adult smokers, cigarette butts remain the most littered item in the U.S., according to a report from the American Legacy Foundation (now Truth Initiative).
In their 2009 survey, 77% of responding participants said that they didn't consider cigarette butts as litter. This attitude worsens at so-called 'transition points.' (A transition point is any area where a smoker has to extinguish a cigarette or cigar before entering — retail stores, restaurants, hotels, office buildings, beaches, and the like.)
The industry standard available for commercial and public spaces to deal with this truth are the bins and receptacles with the ashtrays affixed on top. This option is certainly functional, and better than nothing, but having a lid-affixed ashtray presents its own set of problems — namely, the weather.
OCCOutdoors developed an inexpensive solution to address this problem.
Introducing: Side-Mounted Cigarette Ash Urns
Our side-mounted cigarette ash urns are a unique fixture that can be retrofit to almost any steel trash receptacle. With a little ingenuity, it can fit other types of receptacles and recycle bins as well. If it can't be made to fit, the ash urn can be ordered as original equipment as well.
There are plenty of benefits of having our side-mounted ash urn. Fairly enclosed, the ash urn keeps refuse dry from the weather. And, with its large capacity, the urn will hold hundreds of cigarettes.
Saving Your Facility Money
Most cigarette ash receptacles rely on a snuffer material in the bin to actually extinguish the disposed butts. Snuffing materials tend to be either water, gravel or, more commonly, sand — and represents an additional cost in the initial purchase of the media and with upkeep. After a heavy rain, this material can become densely packed and must be replaced.
With our side-mounted ash urn, no such additional cost is needed. The urn's oxygen-depriving design does not require a snuffer. Your facility's maintenance supervisor need never “sift” through the urn to keep it fully functional and clean.
The key to keeping your facility as clean and litter-free as possible is making sure trash and recycle bins are plentiful and easily accessed. To make it easy for facility and site managers, we've designed our side-mounted as urns to be easily installed.
Each urn comes with an optional mounting kit that works well on the vertical slats of most recycle bins and waste receptacles. The kit makes installation incredibly easy and eliminates the need for any tools other than a couple of wrenches.
A Smokeless Future
One day, it might be close to impossible to find cigarette butts on the ground in public spaces. Until then, a site manager's best bet is to make it easier on visitors to properly dispose of their cigarettes throughout the facility, paying particular attention to transitions areas. To that end, our side-mounted cigarette ash urn is the perfect, affordable, low-maintenance solution.