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Keep PCB Beautiful launches cigarette campaign during Thunder Beach

Post Date:10/24/2019 1:40 PM


Keep PCB Beautiful (KPCBB) is taking its Cigarette Litter Prevention Campaign to Thunder Beach this weekend.

Two Cigarette Litter Receptacles will be placed at different venues during Thunder Beach. These receptacles are different than the other ones placed in the community because they have two sides and allow people to “vote” on different subjects/questions. Attendees will use their cigarette butts to voice their opinions. Some of the questions will be Harley or Indian, Jim Beam or Jack Daniels, and Craft Beer or Domestic. Keeping the cigarette butts out of the environment and making it a “fun” competition is a win/win outcome.

Keep PCB Beautiful will also hand out pocket ashtrays to participants of Thunder Beach. 

Keep PCB Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Campaign was kicked off with the installation of 54 Cigarette Litter Receptacles on and around the City Pier, Frank Brown Park, Pier Park, and local restaurants, marinas and fishing charters. When KPCBB was awarded a grant for its Cigarette Litter Prevention Campaign, the group sought to find locations that would make the most difference in the community, on our beaches, and the Gulf. The cigarette butts that are contained will be recycled through TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste.

According to Keep America Beautiful (KAB), Americans are smoking fewer cigarettes than ever before, yet cigarette butts continue to be the most commonly littered item in the United States and around the world today. KAB specifies two reasons—lack of awareness on the smoker's part (77 percent of people in a survey by KAB responded that they didn’t think of cigarette butts as litter), and the lack of availability of waste receptacles at transition locations, such as outside stores and other buildings, and at public transportation pickup spots. Keep America Beautiful notes that for every public butt receptacle, cigarette litter drops by nine percent in that area. 

The core of most cigarette filters, the part that looks like white cotton, is actually a form of plastic called cellulose acetate. By itself, cellulose acetate is very slow to degrade in our environment. Depending on the conditions of the area the cigarette butt is discarded in, it can take 18 months to 10 years for a cigarette filter to decompose. But that isn't the worst of it. Used cigarette filters are full of toxins, which can leach into the ground and waterways, damaging living organisms that come into contact with them. Most filters are discarded with bits of tobacco still attached to them as well, further polluting our environment with nicotine, which is poisonous.

Keep PCB Beautiful is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The group’s vision is to make Panama City Beach a clean and beautiful place in which to live, work, and visit and to support environmental and conservation initiatives. Keep PCB Beautiful is working to clean up and green up from the streets to the beach. Hoping to inspire individuals and businesses to improve the community and natural environment.

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