(BRUNSWICK, GA, June 5, 2018) — Promoting cigarette litter prevention, the GEORIGA’S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY coast-wide educational initiative is installing cigarette receptacles in public spaces near water bodies throughout Georgia’s coastal region. Keep Golden Isles Beautiful and UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant are installing 17 receptacles in Brunswick and Glynn County as part of this effort.
The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, Keep Liberty Beautiful, Keep Savannah Beautiful, Keep McIntosh Beautiful, Keep Camden Beautiful, Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers, the City of Tybee Island, Ft. McAllister State Park and Crooked River State Park are utilizing a $15,000 Keep America Beautiful cigarette litter prevention program grant to place 81 cigarette waste receptacles near coastal Georgia water bodies and launch a targeted regional educational outreach initiative.
Made of cellulose acetate, a type of plastic, cigarette butts are the nation’s number one most littered item and do not easily biodegrade. When wet, cigarette butts become toxic litter, leaching toxins and posing potential dangers to coastal ecosystems and their native inhabitants.
(Pictured L-R): Katy Smith, Lea King-Badyna and Christy Trowbridge display program cigarette receptacles and outreach materials.