Cigarette bins, also referred to as Ash Bins, have become commonplace since the enforcement of the smoking ban in Scotland in 2006, and in the rest of the UK in 2007.
The smoking ban prohibits smoking in offices and other workplaces, as well as in public places, such as train stations, pubs, shopping centres and bus shelters.
Cigarette bins are usually placed at specially designated smoking areas, to prevent cigarette butts and ash from littering streets and outdoor areas.
Cigarette bins can be discrete wall-mounted or post-mounted units, suitable for entrances to offices, or surface-fixed or freestanding for designated smoking areas in pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Some street litter bins can be supplied with integrated stubbing plates and ashtrays.