Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Reports 50% Reduction in Cigarette Litter for Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority

(October 28, 2015) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced results of the 2015 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) implemented at the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority in Erie County. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful partnered with Keep America Beautiful to award a $5,000 grant to the Port of Erie to install 37 ash receptacles at seven prominent locations including Liberty Park, a venue that attracts crowds throughout the summer months for free concerts and Dobbins Landing, a popular tourist area located along Presque Isle Bay. An initial scan of cigarette litter was conducted before installing cigarette litter trash receptacles.  A follow up scan of the program areas was conducted after the receptacles were in place for two months. The results reported a 50% overall reduction in cigarette butts. 

 “We are grateful for the opportunity to bring these valuable anti-litter resources to Pennsylvania. With support from Keep America Beautiful, we demonstrated that with the appropriate tools and resources, we really can change people’s behavior when it comes to cigarette litter,” explained Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.  “Through public education and access to receptacles, we are lessening the effect that cigarette litter has on our lands and waterways.”

The “Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention” provides information about starting and maintaining a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in your community and can be found online at PreventCigaretteLitter.org.

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed 113 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways.  To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.