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This month, our work with cigarette butts on fishing piers continues.  One stipulation of the grant we received from Keep America Beautiful is follow-up litter scans at each location where cigarette receptacles were installed.  The bins have been collecting butts at 15 sites in Florida since June.  With help from a few of our partners, we have been busy counting cigarette butts both contained in the receptacles and littered on the ground… Read More

Our Responsible Pier Initiative (RPI) partners in Virginia have been hard at work!  While we were installing cigarette receptacles on Florida piers, we stopped at the Post Office to ship supplies to Virginia Beach. Our colleagues at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center monitor seven fishing piers.  Since 2014, they have been holding workshops for pier managers, surveying anglers, and responding to incidentally hooked sea turtles in the Virginia Beach area. … Read More

Late Friday, I received an email from Lake Worth Ocean Rescue, our dedicated RPI partner for the William O. Lockhart Municipal (Lake Worth) Pier.  The cigarette receptacles, which we installed with the help of a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant on June 7, were already full. I took the short trip south to Lake Worth Saturday morning to find cigarette butts nearly spilling from the receptacle at the foot of the pier.  The… Read More