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Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
08/02/12 Print View
City Center Partnership Receives Grant from Keep the Midlands Beautiful to Continue its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

Columbia, SC – August 2, 2012 – City Center Partnership, the non-profit organization that manages the downtown Business Improvement District (BID), is pleased to announce that Keep the Midlands Beautiful is contributing $2,000 to help the organization continue with its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The funds will be allocated for purchasing more ash receptacles and printing “Facts about Cigarette Butt Litter” leaflets. This is the 4th year for City Center Partnership’s participation in the program.

Results of the program were reported following cigarette litter scans on multiple streets in downtown Columbia. Since implementing the program, multiple scans have taken place from 2008 to 2011. City Center Partnership noted an overall average of 25.2% reduction in cigarette butt litter on the 1400 block of Main Street and 23% reduction in cigarette butts on Sumter Street between Hampton and Washington Streets.

“The program is helping us make drastic improvements in our efforts to curb litter. Simple actions like installing ash receptacles and distributing pocket ashtrays have made a big difference in decreasing downtown Columbia’s litter and ultimately keeping our community beautiful,” said Karel Givens, Vice President, Administration & Development. “While there is still work to be done, we’re proud to say we have seen significant reductions in cigarette litter on our downtown streets and sidewalks.”

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful® has field-tested and expanded the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program since 2003, funded by Philip Morris USA, an Altria company, and with additional support from RAI Services Company. Nationwide, more than 250 communities participated in the program in 2011 and achieved an average reduction in cigarette butt litter of 54 percent.

About City Center Partnership
City Center Partnership, Inc. (CCP) is a non-profit organization that manages South Carolina’s only managed Business Improvement District in the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion streets in downtown Columbia. The organization is funded by the property owners within the 36-block area. For more information, please visit

About Keep the Midlands Beautiful
Established in 1989 to serve Richland and Lexington Counties, the mission of Keep the Midlands Beautiful is to engage, inspire and educate the Midlands to invest in our community through litter prevention, recycling and beautification. Each year, thousands of Midlands residents volunteer to support this mission, including almost 300 groups regularly removing litter on area roads and waterways, schools and businesses coming together to implement recycling programs, and communities pursuing beautification projects .

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