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Litter in the mountains

Mountains are at the source of the water cycle. The precipitation it receives feeds the rivers to our seas and oceans.

80% to 90% of rubbish that ends up in the sea originates on land.

In terms of volume, most of the waste found in the mountains is plastic. Degradation of these materials leads to microplastic pollution that ends up in our natural environment and in our rivers. Metals come in second place as a result of personal consumption but also from the ski area activities and construction sites.

OUR GOAL: TO ELIMINATE LITTER FROM OUR MOUNTAINS

Eliminating waste reduces the impact on biodiversity, decreases pollution, especially of water. This action is therefore beneficial to our health.

Our actions :
- Making pocket ashtrays available at our awareness-raising events and at the ski lift ticket offices: 1 cigarette butt in the ashtray equates to 500 litres of water saved from pollution.

- “0 rubbish bins in the ski area”: Hold on to your rubbish and dispose of it / recycle it at the bottom of the resort where bins are provided for you. Find out where these bins are located !

AMONGST OTHER WASTE, A LARGE NUMBER OF CIGARETTE BUTTS ARE FOUND.

According to the 2021 report by the "Mountain Riders National Mountain Waste Reduction Programme", plastic waste accounts for 45% of litter found in nature. 18% of waste is metal, 5% is textile, 3% is rubber, 4% is glass ceramics, 6% is wood and 14% the rest.

WASTE TAKES A LONG TIME TO DECOMPOSE IN NATURE..

For 1 cigarette butt discarded = 500 L of water polluted.
100% of the cigarette butt is recyclable!
And yet, in France:
- 24% of people smoke an average of 12.5 cigarettes per day.
- 25% of these cigarettes end up as cigarette butts on the ground.
- 40% of maritime waste is cigarette butts.

Find out more about the #JMegotePasAvecLaNature! Operation (French) equivalent to “I Don’t Butt In Nature”!

THE LIFESPAN OF WASTE IN NATURE

• Toilet paper : 2 weeks to 1 month
• Apple core : 1 to 5 months
• Tissue paper : 3 months
• Fruit peel : 3 to 6 months
• Cigarette butt : 1 to 5 years
• Chewing gum, sweet wrapper : 5 years
• Tin can : 50 years
• Drink can (aluminium or steel) : up to 100 years
• Plastic bag : 450 years
• Plastic bottle : from 100 to 1000 years
• Glass : up to 5000 years

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