What can you do about the litter problem in our communities? TAKE ACTION!
We’re giving away tools to help get you started.
Does litter in the landscape upset you? Litter is more than just a blight on our landscape. Litter is costly to clean up, impacts our quality of life and economic development, and eventually ends up in our waterways and oceans. If you want to get started cleaning up litter where you live or work, we are giving away personal Cleanup Kits! The kits include six trash grabbers, bags for trash and recycling, safety guidelines, gloves, and hand scales. Winners were drawn at the end of August and September. Our next round of winners will be chosen after the end of October!
Congratulations to our September Cleanup Kit Winners: Amy N in Smithfield, Janet L in Reston, Julie H in Machipongo, Robin W in Bedford, Elizabeth A in Williamsburg, Margie S in Glen Allen, Rebecca B in Buena Vista, Renee S in Big Island, Cherri M in Franktown, and Stacy M in Warsaw.
Congratulations to our August Cleanup Kit Winners: Wendy S in Henrico, Carytown Merchants Association in Richmond, Audrey P in Roanoke, Patricia M in Williamsburg, Hannah F in Richmond, John S in Prince George, Jennifer B in DeWitt, Amy D in Chatham, Kara L in Front Royal, and Laura W in Dublin.
What can you do about cigarette butt litter?
Cigarette butts remain the most littered item in the U.S. and across the globe. Dropping cigarette butts and cigar tips to the ground, putting them in planters, and disposing of them in waterways is littering.
Littering with cigarette butts and cigar tips is unsightly, costly to clean up, and harmful to waterways and wildlife. In fact, 32% of litter at storm drains comes from tobacco products. Litter traveling through storm drains and water systems ends up in local streams, rivers, and waterways.
Most cigarette and cigar tip littering happens at “transition points.” Tobacco products are most often littered in areas where a smoker must extinguish what they’re smoking before proceeding, such as outside of a retail store, a restaurant, bars, hotels, and office buildings. They also litter them when accessing beaches, parks, recreation areas, and especially at roadside rest areas and parking lots.
A cigarette butt receptacle can make a huge impact at those areas, or “transition points.”
Collected cigarette butts can then be recycled through TerraCycle or properly disposed of with other solid waste.
If you have a business or work with a business or public space where cigarette litter is a problem, enter to win a cigarette butt receptacle and make the commitment to make a difference! You will have the option of either a wall-mounted Sidewalk Buttler or a free-standing receptacle. Ten winners will be drawn at the end of September, and announced in October. You may enter once each day.
Our Cigarette Receptacle Winners in September were” Chelena M in Martinsville, Jessica P in Norfolk, Tracy C in Louisa, Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, William M in Halifax, Jason W in Culpeper, Melissa S in Tasley, Jonathan B in Colonial Heights, Amy D in Chatham, and Kevin B in Alexandria.
And our Cigarette Receptacle Winners for August were: Travis S in Virginia Beach, Morgan O in Harrisonburg, Emily A in Mathews, Rebecca P in Charlottesville, Sherry J in Dublin, Katie G in Millsboro, Tracy M in Martinsville, Rita S in Clintwood, Linda L in Esmont, and Cathy C in Pearisburg. Ten more winners will be selected after the end of October!