Originally Posted September 13, 2013
In 2009, the DDD instituted a Continuous Quality Improvement program for its cleaning efforts to improve the cleanliness of Downtown, focusing resources more effectively and efficiently, as well as evaluating our cleaning contractor’s performance. We have made substantial strides in areas such as litter, weeds, sidewalk stains, and gum spots. However, one key indicator continues to pose a challenge for our ongoing clean program – cigarette butts. According to a 2008 study by Keep America Beautiful, only 10% of cigarette butts are properly deposited in ash receptacles. The most common areas for a high concentration of cigarette litter include entryways to retail stores, office buildings, hotels, restaurants, bus shelters, and cab stands.
Did you know that all commercial business owners or operators located within the Downtown Development District whose property is 20 percent or more of the linear footage of the block on which the property is located, or who vend food, liquor, or cigarettes, shall provide a receptacle and/or receptacles to contain smoking litter at each public entrance of their commercial business establishment in an effort to encourage responsible disposal of smoking litter. The complete ordinance, MC 66-289, can be found at http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10040
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