In late 2006, two citizens came to Mayor Ardell Brede with the idea of getting community members involved in a city-wide litter cleanup effort. The Mayor brought a team of organizations together to plan and coordinate what would become the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event.
Since then, the program has been growing and evolving.
For pictures, articles, registration information and more, visit the RNeighbors website.
Thanks to all of you who helped make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! during the 2011 event. It was a record year for participation, area covered, and this year we found LESS litter overall!! Click on the links below for further information:
ALBB 2011 Press Release with final totals and pictures
ALBB Event Summary 2007-2011
Cigarette butts are the #1 littered item in the U.S. In 2010, a subcommittee formed to tackle this issue in Rochester: Help Make Rochester A Litter Butt Better! So far, the group has tackled the following initiatives in order to increase awareness of the cigarette butt littering issue:
-City-wide survey to gather data/insight into the issue of cigarette butt litter
-Newspaper articles, editorials, and radio programs generated discussions
-A Litter Butt Better! co-sponsored a receptacle sale with Arnold's Supply
andKleenit Co. Receptacle information here
-Volunteers conducted three scans of targeted, butt-laden areas in Rochester
-Volunteers had a booth at the Think Green Fair
-Coming soon! Pocket receptacles to be given away
-To learn more about this program, contact Megan Duffey
A Litter Butt Better Cigarette Butt Scans Underway Throughout Rochester
Cititzen volunteers performed Cigarette Butt Scans in neighborhoods and shopping centers near you. They counted and collecting butts, evaluated receptacle placement, and raised awareness about cigarette butt litter in 13 locations throughout Rochester.
Volunteers will use a Field Scan Document which can be found here.
Look for receptacles marked with the A Litter Butt Better logo and message. Encourage businesses you frequent to provide a receptacle for this waste. If you would like stickers to mark receptacles near you, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In additon to these efforts, local media will be sharing educational messages about cigarette butt litter.
Here are some more facts about cigarette butt litter:
-Around 4.5 TRILLION butts are littered every year in the U.S.
-Cigarette butts can contain over 4,000 chemicals including formaldehyde, ammonia, acetone, arsenic and tar.
-Cigarette butts are not biodegradable
-Wildlife and even small children can mistake filters for food
This is not an anti-smoking campaign, but rather an awareness and educational effort asking smokers to take personal responsibility for their cigarette litter.