2003 Fall/Winter Newsletter
|Cigarette Litter News From Around the World
Below is just a sampling of the flood of recent media coverage on cigarette litter. It is thanks to the efforts of thousands
of people like you that this issue is getting so much attention. Every time you write a letter to the editor, call in to a
radio show, or even just raise this issue with an acquaintance, you are helping to spread the word. The people that you
educate will in turn help educate others. Keep it up!
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Dublin, Ireland begins campaign to distribute 20,000 free pocket ashtrays to reduce cigarette litter. Read the article
Tokyo, Japan launches cigarette litter awareness campaign. Read the article
Halifax, UK begins fining butt flickers. Read the article
Douglasville, GA - Check out this public service announcement! View the PSA
British Columbia, Canada - Butt flickers a pain for firefighters. Read the article
Melbourne, Australia - Butt cops on the beat down under. Read the article
Atlanta, Georgia - Editorial on growing pile of butts. Read the article
Tybee, GA - Anti-litter group wants smokers to stop using the beach as their ashtray. Read the article
Louisville, KY - Brown and Williamson Tobacco finally adds a cigarette litter web page. View the page
Visalia, California - Editorial on growing pile of butts. Read the article
Richmond, UK - Plea to littering smokers. Read the article
Philadelphia, PA - Dear drive by smoker: Read the article
Venice, FL - Editorial on butt litter Read the article
BUTTsOUT, and Australian company that provides pocket ashtrays and comprehensive cigarette litter solutions, will give away
500 pocket ashtrays (300 first prize, 200 second prize) to the group or individual with the best plan for utilizing them.
Pocket ashtrays are a key component of any cigarette litter reduction campaign. They make it easy to educate smokers about
the negative environmental consequences of cigarette butt litter and provide smokers with easy alternatives to littering in a
friendly, non-confrontational way. Because we understand how hard it can be to find funds these days, we've been providing
access to free pocket ashtrays on our web site for three years.
However, we also see a great opportunity to reduce cigarette litter globally through the exploding retail pocket ashtray
market. Here are some of the advantages of introducing retail pocket ashtrays into your community:
- Retail ashtrays tend to last longer and work better
- By paying for the ashtrays, smokers are reminded that cigarette disposal is their responsibility
- By selling the ashtrays, retail cigarette outlets are acknowledging their responsibility and making a profit
- Because there is now a revenue stream, businesses now have an incentive to promote proper cigarette disposal on an
How to enter: Just send an e-mail to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org including all of the following:
- The name, address and contact information for your organization.
- The number of paid employees and active volunteers, your annual budget, and the size of the population your organization
- Describe any past or existing cigarette litter awareness and reduction efforts.
- Describe how you would use the free BUTTsOUT pocket ashtrays for your program.
- Describe your plan for involving local cigarette retailers in advertising and selling pocket ashtrays on an on-going
basis to achieve sustainable long-term success.
Proposals will be judged jointly by CigaretteLitter.Org and BUTTsOUT and judgment is final. Proposals are due by October
15th and winners will be announced by November 15th.
|Surfrider and CigaretteLitter.Org Partner to Clean Up Manhattan Beach, CA||[Back to Contents]|
Manhattan Beach, California has been making a concerted effort to raise awareness and reduce cigarette butt litter on its
world class beaches and in its downtown area. CigaretteLitter.Org had a presence at their Earth Day celebration,
distributing pocket ashtrays and informative literature on the environmental effects of cigarette butt litter. In response,
the Manhattan Beach City Council passed a resolution declaring June 21st Cigarette Litter Awareness Day. CigaretteLitter.Org
teamed up with South Bay Surfrider to coordinate a beach cleanup to support the resolution. Despite poor weather, a group of
residents and outside volunteers collected over 1,500 cigarette butts on a small stretch of beach in under two hours! Free
BUTTsOUT pocket ashtrays were handed out to smokers who were very receptive. In October, a city environmental group will be
distributing more BUTTsOUT pocket ashtrays at the Manhattan Beach hometown fair.
Coordinating a cigarette litter awareness day in your own community is easy. Here some basic steps:
Thanks to Becky Durrett and the Oklahoma City Department of Public Works for dedicating two full pages of their newsletter
"Down Stream" to cigarette litter education. You can view scanned pages of the newsletter in either MS Word (quicker
download and better quality) or Adobe PDF (longer download and harder to read).