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Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
The Problem & Facts
- In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28%, yet 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. The overall littering rate for cigarette butts is 65%, and tobacco products comprise 38% of all U.S. roadway litter
- Cigarette butt littering is often associated with the physical environment (38%), i.e. for every additional ash receptacle, the littering rate for cigarette butts decreases by 9%. Cigarette butt littering is also attributable to individual motivations; for example, 77% of individuals in a survey stated they did not consider cigarette butts as litter.
- Though cigarette butts may be small, when they are carelessly dropped to the ground instead of properly disposed of, their litter has a big effect.
When smokers litter their cigarette butts:
- Community quality of life suffers and can result in a decline in a city’s foot traffic, tourism, business development, and the value of housing. In fact, the presence of litter in a community decreases property values by a little over 7%.
- The appeal of public spaces, such as beaches and waterfronts, ball fields and parks, and picnic areas and hiking trails decreases.
- Fire hazards that impacts local wildlife and eventually contributes to lost economic development opportunities can occur.
About The Program
Keep Douglasville Beautiful (KDB) in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) has implemented the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CCLPP) in our historic downtown area.
The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) is the nation’s largest program aimed at reducing cigarette litter. Keep America Beautiful (KAB) developed the CLPP (preventcigarettelitter.org) with funding from Philip Morris USA, an Altria company in 2002. The program has received additional support from RAI Services Company and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. Since its inception, the program has been implemented in over 1,500 U.S. communities including Douglasville by means of Keep Douglasville Beautiful. By providing people with easily accessible information and education, as well as placing ash receptacles throughout the downtown area, handing out pocket and portable ashtrays at local event and providing other educational tools, KAB and KDB are making strides in educating the public and ensuring a cleaner tomorrow.
Environmental Education Programs Water WondersKeep Douglasville Beautiful (KDB) in partnership with The Douglas County UGA Extension Office and Douglasville-Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority has developed “Water Wonders”; a program to educate children on the importance of water. “Water Wonders” is a booth that can be setup at schools, community events, summer camps, or other locations where children are taught to conserve water and keep harmful materials out of the water supply.
Project Learning Tree Keep Douglasville Beautiful is proud to be a certified Project Learning Tree educator. Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
To learn more about Project Learning Tree please visit www.plt.org .
“Waste in Place” is Keep America Beautiful’s educational resource developed for pre-K through sixth grade students and educators that offers an integrated approach to solid waste management.
Waste in Place
The “Waste in Place” Activity Kit includes multi-dimensional educational learning, including children's books and games, used by thousands of educators nationwide to influence positive behavior, to foster social responsibility and respect for the environment, and to enrich their students’ learning experiences.
To learn more about “Waste in Place” please visit WasteinPlace.org.
Held twice a year – once in the Spring and once in the Fall, Keep Douglasville Beautiful holds a Recycle Event for all of the items not included in the City of Douglasville’s curbside recycling program. Electronics, scrap metal, appliances of all sizes, shoes, clothing, eyeglass. Household items in usable condition are also accepted on behalf of Loving Hands Ministry, a local non-profit thrift store serving the needs of Douglas County residents. All items are accepted free of charge, except TVs. There is a $5 fee for each television set. Please see the flyer for the date and details on the upcoming event.
Bring One for the Chipper
Bring One for the Chipper is Georgia's annual Christmas tree recycling program. Each year, Keep Georgia Beautiful works with private sponsors to organize the recycling event. These statewide sponsors included The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission and WXIA-TV. Numerous local sponsors and volunteers also make contributions and provide in-kind services across the state.
The Chipper program involves hundreds of Georgia communities and thousands of volunteers. Since its inception, the program has recycled an estimated 6 million Christmas trees. The mulch from these trees has been used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects, and individual yards. You can support the Chipper program by bringing your cut Christmas tree to a designated drop off site or volunteering with your local coordinator to collect trees.
Keep Douglasville Beautiful holds the event annually at Home Depot on Douglas Blvd. Trees may be dropped off any time after Christmas in the Home Depot in the northeast corner of the parking lot. Volunteers are available to help unload trees the first Saturday after New Year’s Day from 9am-3pm. Please check City calendar for exact date.
Community Appearance Index
Each year, the Keep Douglasville Beautiful board conducts a comprehensive assessment of the overall appearance of the Douglasville community using indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti and more. This proprietary tool, called the Community Appearance Index, is designed to gather data annually by surveying a random, statistical sample of a city or town. The annual results are then used to develop a local plan to change attitudes and behaviors regarding litter and related issues.
Volunteer participation is always appreciated. Please let us know if you are interested.