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What does 10 people, 30 minutes, and 2,500 cigarette butts look like?

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On April 10, it looked like this.

At North Ocean Park, earlier this month, six kids and four adults took to cleaning up the Pompano park grounds and in half an hour managed to pick up over 2,500 cigarette butts.

Why focus on cigarette butts and not other waste? Cigarette butts are non-biodegradable.

Want to help rid Broward County of cigarette butts? The next clean up will be at Hollywood North Beach Park on May 12 from 9 a.m. – noon. To volunteer, please contact Rosena Francois at or 954-921-3020. Click here for more details on the event.

The event is coordinated by the Broward County Solid Waste and Recycling Service and supported by the American Lung Association of Florida.  For up-to-date information on more cigarette butt clean-ups in Broward County, visit Broward Citizens for a Smoke-Free Workplace.

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2 Responses to "What does 10 people, 30 minutes, and 2,500 cigarette butts look like?"
  1. Elizabeth says:

    I helped clean the parks! I am 11 yrs old and I cleaned the parks with my friends. It was disgusting to find the amount of cigarrets. My friends and I couldn’t BELIEVE it. We thought we were going to find 100 not 2500. 2500 people are littering them that can damage other people’s lives and the enviroment too. My sister who is 2 years old can easily pick one up and eat it! I am looking forward to the next cleanup!

  2. Matthew says:

    I also helped clean up the park and I am utterly stunned that a fire had not occurred yet. Much of the cigarette butts we picked up were lying on top of the leaves, bushes, trees, etc… Not to mention that there are also apartments adjacent to the park. This is serious.

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