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Aug. 13 - Tybee Island Launching Cigarette Litter Prevention Campaign for August

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 13, 2019 - Tybee Island will join with other coastal communities for a second year to promote cigarette litter prevention with the campaign GEORGIA’S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY. Throughout the month of August Tybee Island bars and restaurants will use GEORGIA’S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY branded drink coasters to reach a targeted population with educational information discouraging the littering of cigarette butts.  Additional standing ashcans will be placed near bars and restaurants for proper disposal of cigarette butts.

Made of cellulose acetate, a type of plastic, cigarette butts do not easily biodegrade and are the nation’s number one most littered item.

“Partnering with local restaurants and bars allows us to reach a designated audience with important cigarette litter messaging,” said Shawn Gillen, Tybee Islands City Manager. “This is a true community outreach effort with coastal establishments joining forces by using 25,000 messaged drink coasters to educate locals and visitors about cigarette litter.”

A joint educational and outreach program with Keep Liberty Beautiful, Keep Savannah Beautiful, Keep McIntosh Beautiful, Keep Camden Beautiful, Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers, the City of Tybee Island, Ft. McCallaster State Park, Crooked River State Park, University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant and Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, GEORGIA’S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY is funded via a $10,000 Keep America Beautiful cigarette litter prevention program grant. 

Come out to the restaurants and bars on Tybee throughout August to show your solidarity with the important message “GEORGIA’S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY – properly dispose of cigarette butts.  Keep our beaches and waterways healthy.”

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