Today, the City of Long Beach launched
the Can Your Butts campaign at Gallagher’s Pub and Grill, located at 2751 East
Broadway. The campaign promotes a clean, safe, and litter-free community by
offering education and assistance to Long Beach restaurants, bars and other
businesses to reduce cigarette litter in commercial corridors.
“Cigarette litter has a negative impact on Long Beach businesses, tourism, and
ecosystem,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “By educating businesses and providing
resources to dispose of cigarette butts we are cutting down on litter and also
improving the quality of life for our City’s residents.”
Participating businesses can receive free resources such as posters, pocket
ashtrays, and a cigarette waste receptacle for the front of their establishment. The first phase of this campaign identifies 33 businesses on Broadway between Alamitos Avenue and Redondo Avenue eligible to participate. The campaign will expand to other business
districts over the next several months. For more information, please visit litterfreelb.org
proud that we’re launching the Can Your Butts campaign, and I know this small
change will have a positive, lasting impact on the surrounding area," said
Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. "I encourage businesses to take advantage of the
resources that the Can Your Butts campaign offers.”
and other tobacco products make up over a third of all litter found on U.S.
roadways, public spaces, beaches and waterways. Cigarette butts cause
environmental and public safety problems as they are not biodegradable. They
leach toxic chemicals into the environment and are especially poisonous to
children, pets, and wildlife if ingested. Cleaning up cigarette litter costs
millions of dollars every year.
“Cigarette butts are the most common
item found during our regular cleanup events that take place all around Long
Beach,” said Diko Melkonian, Public Works Environmental Services Bureau Manager.
“By educating and partnering with Long Beach businesses we will cut down on
Long Beach City Code requires businesses that sell
tobacco products, serve alcohol, or allow smoking to provide and empty a tobacco
The following tips can help Long Beach businesses
prevent cigarette litter:
• Provide and maintain cigarette
receptacles to prevent littering. For every added receptacle, the littering rate
decreases by 9%.
• Provide receptacles in employee smoking areas.
green! Consider recycling cigarette waste. Terracycle.com offers a free program
for businesses to ship cigarette waste that is recycled into products like
plastic pallets. Even the tobacco and ash are recycled via composting.