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|Organization launches campaign to rid downtown of cigarette butts|
Keep West Monroe Beautiful has launched a litter campaign to remind residents that cigarette butts are litter, too.
The organization spearheads beautification projects throughout West Monroe by "promoting a healthy and litter-free environment and increasing community awareness through litter education."
Rebecca Hall, president of Keep West Monroe Beautiful, said the cigarette litter prevention program was being funded through a grant from the national Keep America Beautiful organization.
She said the funding allowed the local organization to purchase cigarette butt and ash receptacles. Receptacles have already been placed along the sidewalks on Trenton Street, in the historic downtown commercial district of West Monroe.
"Through more awareness, community education, and active involvement from concerned citizens, the amount of cigarette butt litter can be significantly reduced in the downtown West Monroe area," Hall said. "Many people may not be fully aware that cigarette butts are considered litter, too."
"We have placed these ash receptacles in convenient locations throughout the downtown area, so we just want to let people know to look for them," Hall added.
The Keep West Monroe Beautiful board anticipates positive results from the program and desires to see the project expand to other commercial areas within the city in the future, Hall said.
Keep West Monroe Beautiful is a volunteer-based service organization "dedicated to empowering individuals to take a greater responsibility in enhancing their community."
It coordinates, promotes, supports, encourages and advances community efforts "to improve the quality of life as it relates to beautification, litter education and reduction, while promoting public interest in maintaining a healthy, litter-free environment in West Monroe."
For more information about the organization, or how local residents can get involved to keep West Monroe beautiful, call the West Monroe Community Development at 323-5700.