A: I just gave mine the hairy eyeball, and I'm sure that if you wanted to you could remove them. A good bit of muscle work should pry it free. Or for a less stressful approach, a pair of cutters designed for metal wire should do the trick. However, this will most likely void the warranty from Xikar. I use this ashtray in both my car and when I'm on the go. In all honesty, they don't bother me all that much as there is still plenty of room to ash. Before I even get close to filling it I empty it anyhow, but the call is yours.