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Warner Robins Sees Reduction in Cigarette Litter
Warner Robins Sees Reduction in Cigarette Litter

 

Results of the Warner Robins Cigarette Litter Prevention Program were reported this week following cigarette litter scans of downtown Warner Robins conducted as part of the Keep America Beautiful® Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. 

That's according to a Keep Warner Robins Beautiful news release.

In its second year with the program, Keep Warner Robins Beautiful noted a 14% reduction in cigarette butt litter throughout the target area of North Davis Drive, Prince Street, and Duke Avenue.

“This program allows us to make improvements in our effort to help reduce litter. Simple actions like providing outdoor containers for cigarettes and distributing pocket ashtrays have made a difference in decreasing litter in our target areas,” said Regina Palladeno. 

Cigarette butts are the most-littered item in America, representing nearly 30 percent of all items documented in nationwide clean-up initiatives.

Keep Warner Robins Beautiful partnered with the Georgia Military College (GMC) Biology Club to test a target area that included numerous “transition points,” or places where people must stop smoking before proceeding.  These points included building entrances and corporate walkways.  The research team, consisting of KWRB representatives, GMC and the GMC Biology Club, first conducted a preliminary scan by documenting littered cigarette butts before the program launched.  The launch included public education messages, distribution of pocket ashtrays to adult smokers and installation of outdoor ash receptacles in the program area. After completing a follow-up scan, the research team was able to determine the difference this litter prevention program made in reducing cigarette butt litter.  A third sustainability survey will be conducted in the spring.

A team of community stakeholders were brought together to make the program a success.  Stakeholders included Agape Outreach, Calle Vinas, Caring Solution Pregnancy Resource, City of Warner Robins, Community Action Agency, Fesenius Medical Care, Geico (Davis Drive), Georgia Military College, Georgia Military College Biology Club, K&D Ministries, Kentucky Fried Chicken (Davis Drive), Robins Family Medicine, Selph Construction, Inc., Solid Rock Christian Church, Standard Technology, TeamCor Manufacturing, TFab Manufacturing, Tyonek, Warner Robins Conference Center and Zaxbys (Davis Drive).

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful has field-tested and expanded the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program for the last eight years with support from Philip Morris USA, an Altria company.

The program’s strategic approach involves all stakeholders in the cigarette litter problem, including businesses, law enforcement, local governments, community organizations and most importantly, smokers themselves. Nationwide community leaders and organizations similar to Keep Warner Robins Beautiful continue to seek solutions to the litter issue. 

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