The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District is doing its part to cut down on litter in communities like Ironton and Portsmouth.
Specifically, they’re trying to clear the city streets from cigarette butts – something Lawrence-Scioto Waste Management District Director Dan Palmer calls a major problem.
In total, Ironton now has 25 cigarette butt disposal containers throughout downtown on 2nd, 3rd, and Center Street.
The containers come to the city thanks to ‘Keep America Beautiful’ and the Phillip Morris Company.
Palmer says the Phillip Morris Company actually provided the nation with 10,000 cigarette butt disposal containers at no charge.
Palmer said this shocked him considering Phillip Morris is the manufacturer of most cigarette brands.
Palmer hopes the impact of this program will cut down on littering, a problem he sees on a daily basis throughout Lawrence County.
“This is our way of addressing it here in the city, and hopefully the people take advantage of this,” Palmer said. “We are committed to clean up our city and our county.”
Palmer says people should use the containers rather than throwing cigarette butts on the ground as these end up in our gutters, which end up in our storm sewers, eventually making their way into our water supply.
Ironton is not the only beneficiary of the program.
The city of Portsmouth also received 20 cigarette butt disposal containers.