Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful Receives Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant from Keep America Beautiful

Release Date: May 17, 2017  

Contact(s): Gary Chancey - (740) 753-0862


National Keep America Beautiful Initiative Reports 60 Percent Reduction of Cigarette Litter in Participating Communities during 2016

NELSONVILLE, Ohio - Keep America Beautiful, the national nonprofit that envisions a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, today announced that Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful will receive a 2017 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) Grant of $5,000.00 to combat cigarette litter in Athens and Perry County.

Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful is one of 37 organizations to receive grant funding for 2017, totaling $297,500, through the 2017 CLPP. The program, now in its 15th year, is the nation’s largest program aimed at reducing cigarette litter. Communities that implemented the CLPP in 2016 realized an average 60 percent reduction in cigarette litter, an 8 percent increase over the 2015 results.

Through their partnership with Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful, Rural Action and the Villages of Shawnee and New Straitsville will soon implement their plans to reduce cigarette litter in their communities.

Rural Action will purchase 1,400 pocket ashtrays to hand out at local events including music/arts festivals, street fests, and concerts. They will also purchase four portal outdoor ashtrays. The mobility of the outdoor ashtrays will allow staff to move them to where crowds are congregated.

The Village of Shawnee will purchase and install 14 cigarette receptacles in their downtown area, three in the Village of Renville, and three in the Village of New Straitsville. The receptacles will be placed in key areas where high cigarette litter has been seen. Hundreds of pocket and car ashtrays will be made available throughout the year to the public from the Village of Shawnee’s office.

“The affiliate has many partners, including Athens, Haydenville, and Rural Action who have all successfully implemented the CLPP grant in the past. We appreciate Keep America Beautiful’s support in helping reduce cigarette litter in southeast Ohio,” said Gary Chancey, team leader for Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful affiliates, local governments, business improvement districts, downtown associations, parks and recreation areas, and other organizations dedicated to ending litter and beautifying communities are receiving grants. Since the establishment of the national initiative, communities in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada have implemented the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to reduce cigarette litter.

“We are increasingly optimistic about ending cigarette butt litter in America,” said Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons. “Keep America Beautiful and our Cigarette Litter Prevention Program partners are dedicated to educating consumers on the hazards of litter and providing the tools to change their behavior. Recent cigarette litter reduction numbers show we are moving in the right direction towards making the littering of cigarette butts – and littering in general – socially unacceptable in our country.”

Since its establishment, the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program has consistently cut cigarette butt litter by approximately half based on local measurements taken in the first four months to six months after program implementation.  Survey results also demonstrate that as communities continue to implement and monitor the program those reductions are sustained or even increased over time. Keep America Beautiful has distributed nearly $3.3 million in grant funding since 2006 to support local implementation of the program in more than 1,700 communities.

Grants provided by Keep America Beautiful through the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program fund implementations across the country in a variety of community settings including downtowns, roadways, beaches, parks, marinas, colleges/universities, tourist locations, and at special event locations.

Tobacco products, consisting mainly of cigarette butts, are the most littered item in America, representing nearly 38 percent of all items littered, according to "Litter in America," Keep America Beautiful’s landmark study of litter and littering behavior. Research has shown that even self-reported “non-litterers” often don’t consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground to be "littering."  Keep America Beautiful has found that cigarette butt litter occurs most often at transition points—areas where a person must stop smoking before proceeding into another area.  These include bus stops, entrances to stores and public buildings, and the sidewalk areas outside of bars and restaurants, among others.

The "Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention" provides information about starting and maintaining a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in any community, and can be found online at PreventCigaretteLitter.org. View the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program PSA video on Keep America Beautiful’s YouTube channel as well as the Cigarette Litter in America Infographic here.

The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is supported by funding from Philip Morris USA, an Altria company; RAI Services Company; and the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.

About Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful

Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful is a thirteen county regional affiliate of Keep America Beautiful managed by Wayne National Forest. Established in 2012, the affiliate works as a collaborative group to engage individuals in southeast Ohio to take greater responsibility for enhancing their environment.

About Keep America Beautiful

At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering in America, improve recycling in America, and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

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