City Received Grant from Keep America Beautiful and Partners with San Mateo County on Cigarette Litter Prevention Programs
About the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant
The Keep America Beautiful (KAB) campaign is comprised of, local governments, business improvement districts, downtown associations, parks and recreation areas, and other organizations dedicated to eradicating litter and beautifying communities are receiving grants. Since the establishment of the CLPP, communities in 49 states and the District of Columbia have implemented the program to reduce cigarette litter.
Recently, The City of Belmont’s Public Works Department received a grant from Keep America Beautiful for the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The City will implement the program by raising awareness for cigarette butt litter prevention utilizing social media outlets, signage, and Public Works outreach events. Pocket ashtrays and portable auto ashtrays will also be given away during public events to encourage smokers to properly dispose of their cigarette butts. Additionally, Installation of cigarette butt receptacles were placed in designated areas and transitional points where high counts of butt litter are found.
City partners with San Mateo County on Cigarette Butt Litter Abatement Program
The City has also partnered with San Mateo County Water Pollution Prevention Program on the cigarette butt abatement initiative-pilot program. Staff from the City and San Mateo County started the cigarette butt assessment in the beginning of April. This assessment will be comprised of preliminary litter scans prior to receptacle and sign installation, a follow-up scan for program progress, and a final sustainability scan.
Assessment sites throughout Belmont have been chosen based on the high cigarette butt counts from on-land cleanups, creek cleanups, and the Visual On-Land Trash Assessment. Included in the program, the sites are broken down into the following categories: Receptacle only sites, Receptacle and sign sites, Sign only sites, and Control sites (assessment only). This information will provide how well the program is working in the different locations.
Find out more about what San Mateo County is doing to reduce cigarette butt litter by visiting the County's Cigarette Butt Litter Reduction Program.