Five organizations receive national grants to reduce cigarette litter
LITTLE ROCK (May 14, 2013) – Five Arkansas organizations have received Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) grants from Keep America Beautiful.
The organizations include Hot Springs/Garland County Beautification Commission, Keep Fayetteville Beautiful, Keep Little Rock Beautiful, Keep Ozark Beautiful and Keep Van Buren Beautiful. All are certified local affiliates of Keep America Beautiful.
The CLPP program is designed to support local community improvement initiatives to reducing cigarette butt and cigar tip litter. With financial support from the grant, these organizations will encourage enforcement of local litter laws, educate the public using public service messages and advertising, place ash receptacles where smokers must stop smoking before proceeding, and distribute pocket ashtrays or portable auto ashtrays to adult smokers.
“We congratulate these five affiliates for being chosen to receive a CLPP grant,” said Robert Phelps, director of Keep Arkansas Beautiful and state leader in Arkansas for Keep America Beautiful. “Through public awareness, we can help Arkansans change their attitudes about littering and put waste where it belongs.”
During 2012, communities nationwide that implemented a CLPP reduced cigarette litter by an average of 55 percent. More information about this innovative program is available at PreventCigaretteLitter.org.