Foundation wants more butts out of the water
more marinas for Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
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[March 19, 2012]
Md. -- Boaters are keeping
their butts out of the water -- and we're not talking about the kind
in swim trunks. In just the past three years, the BoatUS Foundation
has helped 117 marinas around the country tackle the problem of
cigarette litter, and it is now looking for more marinas to join its
2012 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. Marinas have until April 6
to apply at
www.boatus.com/foundationcigarettesurvey. If selected, they
will receive a $500 grant to cover the cost of ash receptacles and a
supply of portable ashtrays.
"Just last year, 43 participating marinas saw an amazing 50
average reduction in the amount of cigarette litter -- which
ultimately would have ended up in the water," said Susan Shingledecker, BoatUS
Foundation's director of environmental programs.
The program is a partnership with Keep America Beautiful, a
nationwide nonprofit organization that encourages individuals to
take greater responsibility for improving the environment in their
local community. With funding from Phillip Morris USA, Keep America
Beautiful provides each marina with a cash grant to purchase the
cigarette ash receptacles and a supply of portable ashtrays for use
on boats. Marinas are asked to install the receptacles, distribute
the portable ashtrays and educate their customers about the
importance of proper disposal.
Many assume cigarette butts break down over time. However, most cigarette
filters are made from a plastic-like material, cellulose acetate.
When tossed overboard or washed into storm drains, creeks and
waterways, this material can last for decades, harming fish and other
Marina operators also like the program because it keeps their
grounds clean, making the marina more attractive. Once the butt
receptacles are in place, customers embrace the program.
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Some participating marinas have said the amount of cigarette butts is now
almost nonexistent, which helps their business and the environment,
About the BoatUS Foundation:
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a
national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.
Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides
innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers, with
the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship
of America's waterways, and keeping boating safe for all. To make a
tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to
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