They are everywhere. No matter where you walk, jog, bike or drive, you see them. It’s like an invasion of…cigarette butts.
To help combat this issue, the Lackawanna County Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Council will sponsor “No One Wants to See Your Butts: The Great Downtown Cigarette Clean-Up” on Saturday, May 2, from 9 AM – noon. Joining forces with Scranton Tomorrow, the event is part of The Great American Clean-Up of Pennsylvania, a statewide initiative sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection that runs from March 1 – May 31.
The goal of the program is for volunteers to collect as many cigarette butts as possible and create a giant pile on the Linden Street side of Courthouse Square to highlight the visual impact of how destructive cigarette butt litter is to the community.
The event is free and open to the public. Individuals or teams may register on line at http://gvgb.co/SeeNoButts or on site the day of the event at the tent on the Linden Street side of Courthouse Square.
Gloves and trash bags will be available, and participants may bring their own brooms and dustpans. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.
The event will also feature recycled art activities and music by Lightweight Trio. The individual or team that collects the most butts will win a $50 gift certificate to Posh restaurant, Scranton.
The clean-up idea was developed from ACE council meetings with local businesses and organizations who expressed a desire to generate community pride and to maintain Scranton as a safe, clean and green city. Cigarette butts have been an on-going nuisance and are a hazard to the environment.
For more information on the clean-up, contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or by email at email@example.com.