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Chelsea or Manchester City for the Premier League title? Thanet smokers urged to vote with their butts

PUBLISHED: 16:20 08 August 2017

Cigarette voting bins have proved successful in reducing litter in some areas of the country

Cigarette voting bins have proved successful in reducing litter in some areas of the country

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The scheme has cut litter by as much as 46 per cent in other areas of the country

Smokers in Thanet are being urged to have their say on who will win the Premier League as part of a scheme to tackle littering.

With the top flight football season kicking off this weekend, council bosses have introduced bright yellow bins, aiming to encourage people to bin their cigarette butt rather than drop it on the floor.

The bins are designed to draw attention by providing smokers with two options in answering a topical question - using their butt to cast a vote.

When used in other locations across the UK, including the borough of Swale, the bins have helped cut litter by as much as 46 per cent - particularly when the bin’s question is directed at young males.

Two of the voting bins will appear in various locations across the district following an official launch on Friday, with the first question asking whether Chelsea or Manchester City will win the Premier League title.

The questions on the bins are fully customisable and can be changed regularly, with suggestions for others welcome via: Streetcleansingteam@thanet.gov.uk.

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