Did you know that cigarette butts are the most littered item in America? A cigarette butt dropped to the ground may seem insignificant, but litter in general is one of the most difficult problems to control in Columbus, especially on entry and exit ramps leading to and from neighborhoods and city hot spot destinations. Increasing amounts of litter on a ramp entry into a neighborhood signals this as a potentially unsafe area where no one cares.
On Saturday, March 25th our because I said I would Columbus Chapter joined 600 other volunteers as part of the annual KICKBUTT Columbus event, a highway ramp cleanup. We are excited to announce that our Chapter won 1st Place for the team that collected the most bags in all categories with our twenty Chapter members. Forty teams participated and our Columbus Chapter and the Leawood Gardens Neighborhood Association took the lead with cleaning up 117 bags of litter at I-70 Exit 107 Hamilton Road.
Thanks to our Columbus Chapters’ participation, we were part of making this happen:
• 1,484 bags containing trash/litter were collected from the ramps equaling
22.3 tons of litter
• 148 bags of recyclables were collected equaling 1.1 tons of material diverted from the landfill.
• 55,968 cigarette butts were collected for the 2017 event