Anti-Butt Program Hopes To Keep Gainesville Streets Clean
GAINESVILLE- An anti-butt campaign hopes smokers can flick off their littering habits. Keep Alachua County Beautiful has launched a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, after receiving a $2,000 grant. They're installing 10 new receptacles in Downtown, Gainesville.
Gina Hawkins the Executive Director of Keep Alachua County Beautiful says she agrees with the "Broken Window" theory, meaning a clean community attracts less crime on the streets.
"The reason cigarette smokers don't put their butts in trash cans is that they don't want to start a fire... So they throw them on the ground, because most people are not going to carry that around their pocket and yet when they throw it on the ground... Even though there's an anti-littering law... You're not going to get a ticket for it. So the easiest thing to do is flick it and we're trying to change that," Hawkins said.
The grant is from the national non-profit Keep America Beautiful.
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