As part of the pilot program, Keep Mandeville Beautiful Director Debra Lala agreed to take pictures of cigarette butts on the ground and to count the number of butts collected out of the receptacles.
The program will end at the end of this month, and the pictures taken and the information compiled will be presented at the Keep America Beautiful conference in December. Lala
said cigarette butts are a major cause of litter in Mandeville, much like they are in cities and communities throughout the nation.
"Littering is against the law, whether it is a cigarette butt or a piece of trash," Lala
, said, adding many people do not realize they are littering when they through their butt down.She
said those cigarette butts really start to pile up especially at "transition points," points where a person must make a transition from outside into a place where smoking is not allowed.Lala
said a lot of cigarette butts gather outside restaurant doorways.
"People have got to let cigarettes go out of their hands, and if there are no receptacles it's going on the ground," she
This is why Lala
is trying to inform the public about cigarette butts.
Keep America Beautiful sent Keep Mandeville Beautiful $2,000 to be used for public service announcements.
In addition to the receptacles put up on the Lakefront, Keep Mandeville Beautiful has also put up the slogan "Cigarette Butts are Litter Too" on the two electronic signs in Mandeville and on the water bills that go out to Mandeville residents.
There is also an advertisement running on the local government cable channel.Lala
has also used court appointed community service workers to collect cigarette butt litter off the streets.She
is also trying to get area businesses to put out a place for people to put their cigarette butts when they enter the businesses.Lala
is applying for a Keep Louisiana Beautiful grant for $1,500, and she
hopes to use the money to purchase, among other things, 20 more cigarette butt receptacles.She
said the people are using the ones available, but there are not enough of them.