New ash urns are now installed at Lexington’s Woodland, Jacobson, and Shillito parks. It’s an expansion of a litter prevention program initiated by the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.
A $15,000 grant from the national Keep America Beautiful group paid for the 34 urns, providing a convenient place to dispose of cigarette butts. Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission Amy Sohner says the urns can significantly reduce cigarette trash. “Seventy-four percent reduction in cigarette butts is nothing to laugh at and it’s just showing me that people want a place to do the right thing,” said Sohner. “If they have it they’ll use it.”
In addition to aesthetic issues, Sohner says cigarette butts can cause significant water quality problems and be harmful to fish or other animals in or around city streams. Similar urns have been put at bus stops and outside bars and restaurants.