The Kruger National Park (KNP) received a donation of 195 cigarette disposal bins (Maxibin) from British American Tobacco (BAT) South Africa, on June 23, 2008. According to Fay Kajee, BAT South Africa’s corporate and regulatory affairs director, the KNP Maxibins project will provide a safe and environmentally friendly way for smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts.
Dr Bandile Mkhize, managing executive of the KNP, said he hoped the Maxibins will minimise the amount of litter in the Park. Cigarette butts can easily be ingested by animals and also cause a fire risk. Dr Mkhize said that many fires have been caused in the past because of cigarette butts that are carelessly thrown out of car windows. In an effort to keep the KNP as clean as possible, the Maxibins will be placed at all the rest camps, bush camps, hides, picnic sites and office buildings throughout the park.
Itumeleng Langeni, corporate affairs manager of BAT South Africa encouraged all tourists to discard their cigarette butts wisely. “The ideal is to move as close to a natural state as possible,” said Dr Mkhize. The Maxibins will be used in an attempt to keep the KNP clean and help restore a natural, litter free environment. Dr Mkhize also thanked and congratulated BAT South Africa on their initiative, during the handover ceremony. The official handover ceremony of the Maxibins was held at the Skukuza Golf Club.