NC Marine Debris Symposium, Sneads Ferry, NC

Bronwen Evans, Keep America Beautiful’s director of litter programs, presented at the Second Annual NC Marine Debris Symposium in Sneads Ferry, N.C., last week.

Lisa Rider of Keep Onslow Beautiful and her team did an incredible job organizing the event which included marine debris issues, waste reduction, recycling, litter prevention, clean marinas, and green tourism. Evans’ Cigarette Litter Prevention Program session was very well-received and generated a lot of interest: how to keep cigarette butts off the beach is a hot topic!

Keep America Beautiful staff participated in a couple of cleanups at beautiful Topsail Beach (above), networked with a great group of people, and worked to make the whole event “zero waste.”

Keep America Beautiful Works To Keep Bonnaroo Litter Free

Bronwen Evans, Keep America Beautiful’s director of litter programs, attended the recent Bonnaroo to develop KAB’s metrics protocol on cigarette litter at special events, and to support the local affiliate, Keep Coffee County Beautiful (KCCB) of Manchester, Tenn.

“Keep Coffee County Beautiful did an amazing job with their $5,000 CLPP grant,” Evans said. “Not only did they strategically place dozens of Smoker’s Outpost receptacles to support proper disposal of cigarette butts and cigar tips, they did some terrific educational outreach with signage, bumper stickers, and t-shirts. Over 2,400 pocket ashtrays were distributed to environmentally-conscious adult smokers in this music-loving crowd.”

Tonya Wilkinson, executive coordinator of KCCB, hosted Evans and KAB researcher Adam Roberts after weather conditions made camping problematic. Wilkinson also arranged for Evans to meet with Coffee County, Tenn., Mayor David Pennington and Tullahoma, Tenn., Mayor Lane Curlee, and to visit the local recycling center.

“Tonya is running an exemplary program, and is a real credit to Keep Tennessee Beautiful and to the Keep America Beautiful affiliate network,” Evans said.

Keep Manatee Beautiful, Bradenton, FL

Keep Manatee Beautiful has partnered with the City of Bradenton and Manatee County Government to expand its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The program is designed to educate citizens about the environmental impacts of improper disposal of cigarette litter and to provide cigarette receptacles for proper disposal.

In May 2014, Keep Manatee Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful grants of $7,000 to initiate a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to install 90 cigarette bins with at Bradenton’s Riverwalk and Main Street, Manatee Public Beach, Bayfront Park and Palma Sola Causeway.

The cigarette bin and portable ashtrays will be available to attendees at the numerous, annual events held at the City of Bradenton’s Riverwalk at Rossi Park and historic Old Main Street. At these events, we will get them directly into the hands of adult smokers through a one-on-one distribution to give them a way to properly dispose of cigarette butts and to inform them of the newly installed cigarette bins.

At Manatee County parks on Anna Maria Island and Palma Sola Causeway, older cigarette bins made of stainless steel will be replaced with a more durable style. The ash receptacle we have chosen is the Glaro 2401 Wall Mounted Indoor Outdoor Ashtray. Completely weatherproof, windproof and fireproof, this cigarette receptacle is made of solid 1/16 thick seamless aluminum and has a large capacity and is easy to empty because of a smartly-designed security locking system. Satin brass models cannot tarnish and, therefore, never need polishing. Permanent-mount and wall-mounted models are complete with all mounting hardware. They conceal odors and prevent the wind from blowing debris.

Before and after the installation, volunteers will conduct a cigarette butt scan of the areas surrounding specific installations to get a before/after count of the cigarette butt litter.

 

Keep Clark County Beautiful – Springfield, Ohio

On May 10, 2014, dozens of Keep Clark County Beautiful volunteers came out for the 5th Annual Great Downtown Cleanup!

The volunteers planted flowers, laid mulch, pruned trees, and collected 53 bags of litter from 30 blocks of downtown Springfield, Ohio. Here, volunteer Master Gardeners prepare to plant flowers that their organization donated at the Clark County public library.

Keep Sevier Beautiful, Sevier County TN

Litter Letter Ask WHY at Pigeon Forge Middle School

Six-foot letters stuffed with litter have been placed in front of the Pigeon Forge Middle School along Wears Valley Road asking “WHY” to encourage by passers to rethink littering.

The letters debuted at the commencement of Litter Awareness Month and Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Students from Robert Satterfield’s class have been working on the letters as part of a class project in conjunction with Keep Sevier Beautiful. The students designed the shapes of the letters, cut the rebar and wrapped them in chicken wire. All the litter inside the letters have been collected along Sevier County roadways by the County’s litter cleanup crew; a crew funded by TDOT.

“This has been an incredible partnership between the Pigeon Forge High School, Mr. Satterfield and his students, the County and TDOT,” said Laura Howard, Keep Sevier Beautiful executive director. “Not only can we raise awareness about litter by working together, but we can end it as well.”

The letters are part of a larger project — The Litter Letter Project — developed by Rachael Hatley for her MFA thesis to raise awareness about how deeply an environmental issue litter is in Louisiana. As a graphic designer and educator she created a series of letters using litter as the message. There are currently seven large litter letter installations on display in several locations around Washington Parish, La.

By displaying these large-scale visual messages in public places the hope is to provoke a response, thought and action. As the primary gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, litter in Sevier County not only has an environmental impact, but an economic one as well.

“The cost of littering is staggering,” Howard said. “As a County and through our municipalities, we spend over $369,000 picking up litter.” The cost is more than that figure – research shows litter decreases property values, negatively impacts revenue in shopping districts, discourages new businesses to develop in a community, and attracts additional litter and crime.

For more information about litter, how to volunteer or more about the Litter Letter project, visit Keep Sevier Beautiful’s website at KeepSevierBeautiful.org.

Keep Charleston Beautiful

The City of Charleston’s Keep Charleston Beautiful (KCB) strives to maintain the beauty of Charleston via numerous efforts, particularly public awareness and education. To reach our goals of a cleaner tomorrow through education KCB offers school based education programs free of charge to both elementary and middle schools in Charleston.

The award winning Clean City Clara Program is a wonderful way to introduce litter prevention and recycling to young students. The program takes elementary aged children on an imaginative journey, from a cup littered on the ground, down a storm drain, and out into the harbor where it impacts wildlife. The children then help clean up the littered stage and learn about recycling while engaging with Clara, the litter prevention pelican mascot of KCB.

At the conclusion of the program, students receive a storybook highlighting the adventures of Clara, an activity book, and a pencil made from recycled materials. Last school year KCB saw 4,458 elementary school students, hosting 45 programs in 30 different elementary schools. KCB’s Talking Trash Program, a sister program to Clean City Clara, is tailored to teach middle school students numerous environmental topics, including: proper waste management; stormwater quality; marine debris and its impacts on wildlife, the community, and habitat; and school and student involvement in the community.

Twenty-two Talking Trash programs were presented during the 2012/2013 school year, reaching a total of 470 middle school students. KCB strives to maintain continuous contact with school and teachers through free education and community involvement programs. So far in the 2013/2014 school year, KCB has presented 27 programs, at 13 different schools, reaching a total of 1,113 elementary and middle school students. Providing free, fun, informative litter prevention messages to local youth is crucial for preventing future litter in our community. Litter prevention education programs are funded through support from Friends of KCB, PalmettoPride, the City of Charleston, and Keep America Beautiful.