Cigarette Litter


Photography by: Rebecca Hadel

We have spread our roots out into our community at large festivals and outdoor events, educating and distributing pocket ashtrays, cup holder ashtrays, large cigarette butt containers and awareness of this small but cumulative problem.

Keep Greenville County Beautiful has launched a comprehensive cigarette litter campaign focusing on curbing the “flick it” mentality and encouraging smokers to “stick it” responsibly.

KGCB has partnered with Greenville Tech to take on an ambitious project to reduce the cigarette butt litter while educating the students about the problem. As part of the GIS Department, they are surveying both the main and satellite campuses, using map grids and GPS locators. With the help of a $5,000 grant, they hope to identify hot spots, place receptacles, encourage awareness and hopefully reduce cigarette litter on campus by at least 30%.

Every year, cigarette butts end up in dumpsters and landfills,
or get tossed as litter on shorelines, parks, and sidewalks across
the US. With the help of Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, a
major tobacco manufacturer in the US, the waste collected through
the Cigarette Waste Brigade will be recycled into a variety of industrial
products, such as plastic pallets, and any remaining tobacco will be re-worked into tobacco composting.


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