3:55pm

Tue June 14, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Clearing Cig Butts from Streets/Sidewalks

Community leaders in Lexington are rolling out a campaign they hope will cause a significant drop in cigarette litter. In a recent survey of one block in downtown Lexington, members of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission counted more than 600 cigarette butts on the ground. Commission chair woman Patricia Knight says many smokers don’t take the time properly dispose of their cigarettes.

“You wouldn’t just flick a cigarette butt in the house to some random place and hope it doesn’t burn your house down, why would you do that outside? It just makes natural sense you do the same thing outside you would do inside.”

A five thousand dollar grant will allow Keep Lexington Beautiful to purchase more cigarette receptacles for targeted locations. The group also plans to hand out pocket ashtrays at downtown events.