Officials launch Atlanta’s Clean Streets effort, from left to right: Robert Whitehead of the Department of Public Works; Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson; Valerie Winrow of the Department of Public Works; First Lady of Atlanta Sarah Elizabeth Reed; Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Chief Resilience Officer; Michelle Wiseman of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Abbey Patterson of Atlanta Recycles; Kailor Gordy of Central Atlanta Progress; Shelby Busso of U.S. Green Building Council; and Shaundra Favors of the Department of Public Works. Courtesy City of Atlanta.

City of Atlanta installing cigarette receptacles

The City of Atlanta is installing 50 cigarette butt and ash receptacles in heavily traveled sidewalk areas - including outside retail and restaurant establishments, bars, hotels, office buildings, parking lots and bus shelters - as part of its recently launched Clean Streets recycling program.

Designed to reduce and properly dispose of downtown’s cigarette waste and to promote the city’s zero waste goals, Clean Streets was created by the mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Department of Public Works and Keep Atlanta Beautiful. The city is partnering with the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and recycling company TerraCycle to install the receptacles, which could be installed in other high traffic areas in the city in the future.

The collected cigarette waste will be sent to TerraCycle, which will donate $1 for every pound of cigarette butts recycled to Keep America Beautiful in order to fund and administer litter prevention efforts.

The city of Atlanta will provide public information public information and outreach about the program.

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