Cleanup Program in Portland, OR Neighborhood Means Waste from Cigarettes Gets Turned Into New Products
Cleanup Program in Portland, OR Neighborhood Means WCleanup Program in PortlanThe Cigarette Waste Recycling Program, an initiative by the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, was started by Dave Mitchell. “The program is designed to collect as many cigarette butts as we can, using 65 receptacles that are attached to parking poles,” explained Mitchell. He put up cigarette disposal boxes around the neighborhood in 2019 where smokers can safely discard the waste.
They’ve collected over 100,000 butts in the past year that otherwise would have ended up on the street or in a storm drain, then the river. The cigarette litter can leach toxic chemicals and contaminate water. “This is our little way of trying to make life a little better for the environment and I think we’re having an impact,” said Mitchell.d, OR Neighborhood Means Waste from Cigarettes Gets Turned Into New Productsaste from Cigarettes Gets Turned Into New Products
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