Cigarette butts are litter. Research shows that individuals who would never consider littering an aluminum can or paper, may well be littering cigarette butts.
Although overall cigarette smoking in America has decreased, cigarette litter is an emerging litter problem in communities around the country. Dropping cigarette butts to the ground, putting them in planters, and disposing of them in waterways is littering. According to Keep America Beautiful research, the overall littering rate for cigarette butts is 65%, and tobacco products comprise 38% of all U.S. roadway litter. Cigarette litter is unsightly, costly to clean up, and harmful to wildlife and waterways.
|Are you interested in addressing this problem in your community? |
Take a look at Keep America Beautiful's Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention, a valuable program you can use to improve your community.
The 2016 grant application period (Jan. 1 - Feb. 15) is now closed. Updates regarding the 2017 grant program will be shared at https://www.kab.org/cigarette-litter-prevention/grant-information at a later date.
Grants of $1,000 and $2,000 will be available, and include quantities of Pocket and/or Portable Auto (cup holder style) Ashtrays. A number of $5,000 grants are available for regional or larger implementations. Grant funding is to be used primarily for Ash Receptacle purchase (a minimum of 50% of the grant should be spent on the purchase of ash receptacles).