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Capitol Hill BID Awarded Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grants

To help keep Capitol Hill beautiful, the Capitol Hill BID has been awarded three Cigarette Litter Prevention Program 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.

“This is a real opportunity for the BID to help curb Hill smokers littering habits and raise awareness about the environmental impact” said BID president Patty Brosmer. “Cigarette butts are not only unsightly and costly to clean up, but also harmful to waterways and wildlife.”

Keep America Beautiful reports that in 2007, communities implementing a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program saw a 54% reduction of cigarette litter on average nationwide. In accordance with the program, the Capitol Hill BID operations team will spend time identifying problem areas on Capitol Hill and then create a launch timetable for the program.

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.