Cigarette Litter Awareness Day

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Keep Pearland Beautiful says
Cigarette Litter hurts Pearland in numerous ways. To help educate the public Keep Pearland Beautiful is hosting its annual Cigarette Litter Awareness Day on Saturday February 20, 2016. At noon volunteers will meet at the Stella Roberts Recycle Center (5800 Magnolia Blvd, Pearland, TX 77584) to eat lunch and receive a safety briefing. Online registration will open soon.

Entire families, high schools students, and other Keep Pearland Beautiful volunteers spend the afternoon picking up cigarette litter along Pearland street intersections. Last year on Valentine’s Day 23 KPB volunteers picked up 16,197 cigarette butts. This number was down from 2013’s count of 33, 330 butts for the same 20 intersections.

Participants under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants or their parents/legal guardians must sign the liability waiver: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DDuCf7QxstrX8ZsLgu9a496BWtlGEI9Go1dU3YXVjac/pub.

According to the 2011 Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup survey, cigarette butts were once again identified as the number one most littered item, representing 32% of all debris counted. These butts are carried to the coast via our storm drains and the watershed during heavy rains. Litter fact number nine on the Don’t Mess with Texas website maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation Attitudes and Behavior Study reports that 62% of Texas smokers admit to tossing their cigarette butts out of the window of their cars. So, please help KPB get the news out to smokers to keep their butts in the vehicle at all times.

In 2011, cities and towns that implemented Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program had an average reduction in cigarette butt litter of 54%. While seemingly insignificant, dropping cigarette butts to the ground, putting them in planters, and disposing of them in waterways is littering. And there are consequences.

Here’s why cigarette butt litter matters: it’s unsightly, costly to clean up, and harmful to waterways and wildlife. So, on February 20, 2016 help us get the word out about cigarette butt litter. Sign up to participate in KPB’s cigarette litter awareness day and perhaps we can reduce the amount of cigarette litter in Pearland even more!
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By: Keep Pearland Beautiful

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