We awarded the City of Harrisonburg a $1,000 30 in Thirty grant for their Cigarette Litter Prevention Project. The City plans to partner with the Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation to install cigarette ash receptacles at high-traffic bus shelters. HDPT identified numerous bus shelters that lack proper cigarette disposals. These bus shelters serve as transition points for passengers entering and exiting the bus system. Once installed, ash receptacles will target these bus shelter transition points, so the highest volume of transit users have a proper way to dispose of their cigarettes.
In 2015, Harrisonburg received funding from KVB affiliate, Keep America Beautiful, to install cigarette receptacles downtown. They will use their grant money to expand upon the success of the program by installing cigarette receptacles in high-traffic bus shelters. Harrisonburg will also use some of the money to educate public transportation users on cigarette litter prevention.
Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $145,000 to 195 projects throughout the Commonwealth. This year, we partnered with Altria, Keep America Beautiful, and Deep Run Dance Marathon to make the program possible. Government, non-profit, civic, and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty grants for $500 to $2,000 describing how they plan to address Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Beautification in their communities.