Cigarette butts are litter, too! And a local non-profit is here to help. KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL TOPEKA/SHAWNEE COUNTY will be handing out “butt buckets” and personal “pocket ashtrays” at several locations across Topeka in the month of July. Newer cars do not have ashtrays. These butt buckets fit securely into your cup holder and help reduce littering.
Cumulus Media will do its part to help as personal pocket ash trays and butt buckets will be available for free in front of their downtown studios (at 9th and Kansas) on July 1st from 11 AM till 1 PM. To find another date the free items will be distributed, see below.
Butt buckets fit in your cup holder of your car
Personal pocket ash trays
Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s largest community improvement nonprofit organization, today announced it has awarded a $5,000–2020 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) grant to Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County to address cigarette litter in Shawnee County.
As a part of the fight against cigarette litter, the local KAB affiliate will distribute free of charge personal pocket ash trays and butt buckets for vehicles to residents of Shawnee County at the following locations from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. :
July 1—Cumulus broadcast
825 SW Kansas
July 11—Tobacco Island
1834 NW Topeka
July 18—Discount Smoke
1221 SW 21st #3065
July 25—Payless Smokes
901 SW Fairlawn Road #161
August 1—Elite Tobacco & Vape;
4004 SW Huntoon
Keep America Beautiful provided individual merit-based grants, totaling more than $500,000, to 47 organizations throughout the country, including Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County. Grants were presented to Keep America Beautiful affiliates, local governments, business improvement districts, downtown associations, parks and recreation commissions, and other organizations dedicated to eradicating litter and beautifying their communities. Communities implementing the CLPP in 2019 reported an average 51 percent reduction of cigarette litter.
As part of the 2020 grant program, Keep America Beautiful is focusing on three primary types of cigarette littering interventions. Applicants will have the opportunity to focus on cigarette litter reduction through public messaging, infrastructure placement, or a combination of both.
“The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grants empower communities to help mitigate the economic, environmental, and quality-of-life impact of cigarette littering,” said Jerred Jones, program director for the CLPP. “Access to ash receptacles and the dissemination of public education are useful tools to help reduce the most commonly littered item in our litter stream.”
The CLPP, created by Keep America Beautiful in 2002, is the nation’s largest program aimed at eliminating cigarette butt and cigar tip litter. Since its inception, the program has been successfully implemented in more than 1,800 urban, suburban, and rural communities nationwide. Over the past decade, participating communities have consistently cut cigarette butt litter by 50 percent based on local measurements taken in the first four months to six months after program implementation.