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BID Awarded Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grants

For the 2nd year in a row the Capitol Hill BID has been awarded two Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) grants from Keep America Beautiful, which will provide the clean teams with the necessary tools to help combat one of the most overlooked litter problems in the District.
In 2009 the BID used the CLPP grants to purchase various ash receptacles to place in high traffic areas throughout Capitol Hill as well as run a summer ad campaign encouraging smokers to do their part and properly dispose of their cigarette waste. In a follow up scan the BID reported a 72 percent reduction in cigarette waste in the selected pilot areas.

This year the BID will continue to focus on reeducation efforts and providing alternative disposal options in 2 new areas including Massachusetts Avenue and 2 St NE and along Barracks Row Main Street.

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s largest organization taking action against cigarette-related litter. Their mission is to educate adult smokers about the issue while offering access to pocket ashtrays and ash receptacles as a way to overcome this often ignored environmental problem. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful and the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, visit www.preventcigarettelitter.org