Bradenton smokers can now ‘vote’ with cigarette butts to curb littering

A unique way of cleaning up Bradenton will come in the form of a battle of the butts — cigarette butts, that is.

Bradenton Herald
July 13, 2017
By Hannah Morse

Starting Friday morning, a pilot program that blossomed from a partnership between Keep America Beautiful and London-based charity Hubbub will place “Ballot Bin” receptacles in seven locations around Bradenton in an effort to curb cigarette butt littering. Bradenton is one of five cities in the U.S. to participate in the program, joining Brooklyn, N.Y.; Manchester, Tenn.; Erie, Pa.; and Guntersville, Ala.

These bright yellow boxes are being used to engage smokers to responsibly dispose of their cigarette butts by asking them a question and letting vote for a response; choices are cast by smokers disposing their cigarette into one of two slots. Keep Manatee Beautiful’s executive director Ingrid McClellan said the first question that will be asked of smokers will be “Favorite City Park?” with choices of Riverwalk or Palma Sola Causeway.

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