Cigarette butts may be small, but it doesn’t mean that cigarette litter is a small problem:
To combat cigarette litter in downtown Plano, Live Green in Plano was awarded a 2017 Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant to purchase cigarette butt stations, portable ashtrays for vehicles and a public education campaign.
After smokers deposit their cigarette butts into the “buttlers,” they are emptied and shipped to TerraCycle. TerraCycle recycles the butts into plastic industrial products and donates $1 for every pound (approximately 100 butts) to Keep America Beautiful. Check out the new cigarette “buttlers” in downtown Plano.
In December 2016, a cigarette litter baseline scan was conducted in downtown Plano. Over 1,225 cigarette butts were collected on a Friday and Saturday from sidewalks and planters outside of the shops and restaurants on 15th Street, K Ave and McCall Plaza.
Based on this data, Live Green in Plano applied for a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant and has purchased and installed 15 self-extinguishing ash receptacles in downtown Plano to prevent cigarette litter. Live Green in Plano will conduct follow up cigarette litter scans to quantify cigarette butt litter in downtown.