A litter-picking teenage duo on a mission to rid Exeter’s streets of cigarette butts collected more than 1,600 of the discarded items in just 90 minutes.
Community-conscious Clyst Vale Community College pupils Daisy Norris and Jack Eynon are cleaning up after smokers in a fundraising bid to boost the environment.
They hope their good deeds in high-vis jackets will net them sponsorship to head off on a once-in-a-lifetime volunteer expedition to Central America.
Daisy and Jack’s first clean-up in Heavtiree saw them scoop 1,609 butts in an hour-and-a-half.
The duo said: “We are both passionate about the environment and see hundreds of cigarette butts littering our home streets and parks every day.
“We want to help clean up our city and draw attention to this harmful pollutant.
“Every donation and sponsorship will go towards our Camps International trip to Costa Rica in 2021, where we will carry on our green work with local projects and community groups.”
Daisy and Jack are planning a second clean-up on Friday, December 27, and more in the new year.
Exeter City Council has helped the teens by providing them with specialist equipment.
While plastic straws have grabbed the headlines, the duo say they are targeting cigarette butts because they cause more harm – with 4.5 trillion littered globally each year.
They significantly harm new plant growth due to contamination and an acetate used in the butts takes 10 years to decompose.
Daisy and Jack are looking for city businesses and groups to sponsor them, but will also be ‘very grateful’ for any public donations.