[39] Bill 28 Original (PDF)

Bill 28 2010

An Act to amend the Environmental Protection Act and the Highway Traffic Act to prevent littering with cigarette butts

Note: This Act amends or repeals more than one Act.  For the legislative history of these Acts, see the Table of Consolidated Public Statutes – Detailed Legislative History at

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

Environmental Protection Act

   1.  Subsection 89 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act is amended by striking out "$1,000 on a first conviction and not more than $2,000" and by substituting "$2,000 on a first conviction and not more than $3,000".

Highway Traffic Act

   2.  Section 180 of the Highway Traffic Act is repealed and the following substituted:

Littering highway prohibited

   180.  Every person who throws, tosses, drops or deposits or causes to be dropped or deposited any glass, nails, tacks or scraps of metal or any rubbish, refuse, waste, cigarette butts, cigarettes, cigar butts, cigars or litter upon, along or adjacent to a highway, except in receptacles provided for the purpose, is guilty of the offence of littering the highway.

Commencement and Short Title


   3.  This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

   4.  The short title of this Act is the Cigarette and Cigar Butt Litter Prevention Act, 2010.



The Bill amends the Environmental Protection Act to increase the fine payable by a person who fails to comply with a provision of Part IX of the Act, which deals with littering. 

The Bill also re-enacts section 180 of the Highway Traffic Act to prohibit throwing, tossing, dropping or depositing, or causing to be dropped or deposited litter, including cigarette butts, cigarettes, cigar butts or cigars, upon, along or adjacent to a highway.