The City of St. Augustine Beach has partnered with Beaches Go Green to put butts where they belong! Cigarette butts, now an official form of litter, have plagued St. Augustine Beach for far too long. The City decided to combat this by partnering with Beaches Go Green to place “ash cans” in strategic places around the City, like at participating businesses, beach access points, and pier park.
“I am very excited to get to be part of such an impactful project,” said Commissioner Dylan Rumrell. “It is our goal for these cans to reduce litter on our beaches, protect our wildlife from harmful chemicals found in tobacco products, and beautify our City.”
According to Keep America Beautiful, cigarette butts are the most littered item on the planet. One study showed that the littering rate of cigarette butts decreases by 9% with each added ash can! Cigarette butts contain plastic fibers that can take up to five years to break down. These same butts also contain nicotine and other hazardous chemicals that leach out almost immediately into the environment and harm wildlife.
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