Butts collected during a scan at 1st Street

Butts collected during a scan at 1st Street

Cigarette butts are the most common source of litter on the planet. They are made of plastic and are often thrown on the ground without regard to where they might end up. Cigarette butts left on the beach or boardwalk are likely to be washed into the ocean by the tide or through the storm drains.

The Virginia Beach Chapter received a grant from Keep America Beautiful to continue a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This unique project is in its third year and targets beach visitors with a focus on the Virginia Beach boardwalk by including many of the hotels and restaurants located on the boardwalk and Atlantic Ave. We provide participating hotels and restaurants (see list below) a receptacle to place at their beach-side entrance or on their property’s most littered area, pocket ashtrays to offer to their guests and educational materials to inform guests of the resources available to them.

There are receptacles available for boardwalk visitors from 15th Street to 24th Street. At least one receptacle is located on each block.

Over the summer, we completed several before and after litter scans to determine success of the program. Our scan areas are located at 16th, 22nd and 35th Streets. We also committed to participating in at least five beach events to educate the public regarding cigarette litter and distribute pocket ashtrays to adult smokers. The events included:

Surfrider and The Deloreans

May 24-25: Steel Pier Classic

July 23rd: The Deloreans on 31st Street

August 4th & 5th: Polyfest on 24th Street

August 13th: 16th Street CLPP Education

August 30th: Calypso with Jesse Chong

If you are interested in helping with this program, please contact rapcoordinator@vb.surfrider.org.

2017 CLPP Participants:
Schooner Inn
Ocean Key Resort
Chix Seaside Grill
Springhill Suites
Seashire Inn & Suites
Howard Johnson’s
Days Inn at the Beach
Four Points/Jumping Shrimp
The Breakers
Boardwalk Inn Resort
Super 8
Travelodge Suites
Ocean House Restaurant and Bar
The Capes Hotel
Comfort Inn & Suites Oceanfront
Holiday Inn Oceanside
Econolodge Oceanfront
The Atrium
Marjac Suites
Ocean Sands Resort
Comfort Suites Beachfront
Blue Marlin Inn & Suites
Holiday Inn Express
Econo Lodge on the Ocean
Best Western Plus Oceanfront
27th Street Hyatt H Bar
The Oceanfront Inn
Days Inn
Hampton Inn North
Belvedere Hotel
Four Sails
Wyndham VB
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel

Look out for the “Hold On To Your Butt” bike this summer!