City launches cigarette waste reduction program

November 22,2016

Source: Collin Kelley, Atlanta Intown

The City of Atlanta has announced the launch of “Clean Streets,” a recycling program created by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Department of Public Works and Keep Atlanta Beautiful to properly dispose of cigarette waste in Downtown and promote the city’s zero waste goals.

In partnership with the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and TerraCycle – an organization which partners with municipalities to bring recycling solutions, the city is installing 50 cigarette butt and ash receptacles in highly-traveled sidewalk areas throughout Downtown.

“Atlanta joins a number of cities in the United States committed to keeping the number one littered item in the world off the local streets and out of landfills,” said Richard Mendoza, Commissioner of the Department of Public Works. “We are delighted to champion this effort towards litter reduction. It is our hope that with the success of the program in Downtown, we will be able to install additional cigarette disposal receptacles in other high traffic areas of the city.”

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