Keep Pearland Beautiful hosts Cigarette Litter Awareness campaign

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Keep Pearland Beautiful plans to educate the public about cigarette litter.

KPB is hosting its annual Cigarette Litter Awareness Day on Saturday, Feb. 18. Volunteers participate in the event that, at the end of the day, makes a statement to the community about the way cigarette litter is a problem and eyesore for the community.

Volunteers will meet that day at noon at the Stella Roberts Recycle Center at 5800 Magnolia St. in Pearland. Lunch will be served and a safety briefing will follow.

Members of families, high school students, and other KPB volunteers spend the afternoon picking up cigarette litter along Pearland street intersections.

Last year 30 KPB volunteers picked up 20,251 cigarette butts. They noticed the number had increased from the year before. In the same 20 intersections, in 2015 the number was 16,197 butts.

In 2011, cities and towns that implemented Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program had an average reduction in cigarette butt litter of 54 percent.

Keep Pearland Beautiful was awarded a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant in 2013 by Keep American Beautiful, with funds being used to purchase four cigarette ash receptacles for butt recycling.

The receptacles were placed at the Pearland Community Center, the Justice of the Peace office on Grand, the City of Pearland Projects Yard, and the Stella Roberts Recycling Center.

For information on how to get involved in KPB, visit their website at www.keeppearlandbeautiful.org.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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