Did you know that cigarette butts are the most littered item in the United States and across the globe? With your help they don't have to be! Join us as we kick-start the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in the downtown Gainesville area. Local businesses, city officials and perhaps your next door neighbors will all play crucial roles in this program, and so can you. The success of the CLPP will depend on the people of Gainesville and the new patterns of behavior they will need to adopt in order to change this pressing issue.
Our initial efforts began with a cigarette litter scan on sixteen streets in downtown Gainesville. In two afternoons, we were able to collect nearly 7,000 littered cigarette butts in the proximity of those streets. The behavior of littering cigarette butts and cigar tips is an issue that needs immediate attention. One littered cigarette butt will turn into one pack of littered cigarette butts, which will turn into one unsightly issue. With this program, we want to change the patterns of behavior of Gainesville smokers by educating the community on the issues of cigarette litter and why it matters. To ensure the goals of the CLPP can be met, smokers will be provided with cigarette butt containers to dispose of their used butts. The containers will be placed at strategic locations for smokers to use. Below is a photo of the collected littered cigarette butts in a portion of the downtown Gainesville area.
Cigarette Litter Prevention Program -Learn more about Keep America Beautful and their Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.
Members of UF's Alphi Phi Omega pick up cigarette butts during a CLPP scan.
Our cigarette butt containers have been placed throughout Downtown Gainesville! You can find them on street corners and by popular restaurants and bars. If you see someone putting the cigarette butt container to good use, snap a pic and #CLPPGville
Sept. 4, 2013
BUNDLES OF BUTTS- Our interns spent a weekend afternoon walking along downtown streets and collecting nearly 7,000 littered cigarette butts. The data collected during this scan will serve as preliminary data for the CLPP.
*It is important to note that this program is not an anti-smoking campaign.