The Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (KPB) are excited to announce that seven Philly community organizations have been chosen to receive funding for projects to combat cigarette litter in their neighborhoods.
Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the country, but installing cigarette litter receptacles is an effective way to reduce the number of cigarette butts that end up as litter. One Keep America Beautiful study found that every cigarette receptacle added to an area decreases cigarette butt litter by 9%.
In 2017, KPB and the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet teamed up to provide microgrants to four neighborhood-based organizations to purchase and install receptacles specifically designed to capture cigarette litter. The micrograntees worked with local green business Terracycle to recycle the cigarette butts collected into items such as park benches — in support of the City’s bold Zero Waste goal.
This year, thanks to our friends at Keep America Beautiful, we’re able to provide more funding than ever towards installing new cigarette litter receptacles throughout the city in collaboration with seven great civic organizations:
- APM will install fifteen cigarette litter receptacles along strategic green stormwater infrastructure sites, the Germantown Avenue commercial corridor, and their WalkWorks Paseo Verde Loop.
- North Broad Renaissance will enhance their successful commercial corridor cleaning efforts by placing cigarette litter receptacles along Broad and Venango, Broad and Erie, and Broad and Westmoreland.
- Tioga United will place 24 new cigarette litter receptalces along the 17th Street commercial corridor, and in doing so leverage existing partnerships with the business community, Gaudenzia House, and Cristo Rey High School.
- South Street Headhouse District will install 12 cigarette litter receptacles at key locations along their commercial corridor, including gathering places such as Bainbridge Green. Additionally, SSHD will utilize these new receptacles to launch a new anti-litter education effort.
- The Fishtown Neighbors Association will extend their already successful anti-cigarette litter campaign (read about “Feed The Fish” here!) along the highly trafficked Frankford and Girard commercial corridor. FNA will partner with 18 local businesses to adopt new cigarette litter receptacles.
- South of South Neighbors Association will partner with the members of their Clean Block Rep program to identify key cigarette litter hot-spots and work to install 20 new receptacles at those locations in their service area.
- Old Richmond Civic Association will partner with local businesses to install eleven new receptacles, to build upon their successful community-sponsored trash can initiative and to launch a new online and in-person messaging campaign to raise awareness about the various impacts of cigarette litter.
Our hope and expectation is to see a substantial decrease in cigarette litter in our target neighborhoods and to continue working in partnership with on-the-ground leaders to make cigarette litter a thing of the past in Philadelphia. If we can accomplish that, we’ll have made a key stride towards becoming a litter-free city.