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Letter: Cigarette butts litter roads, can be prevented

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From: Gene Ernst


Received: March 26

I personally do not smoke, and I do not begrudge people filling their lungs with carcinogens, be it ever so healthful if they did not. My simple question is why many, certainly not all, smokers consider the public streets, roadways and private lawns as their personal ashtrays? Take a walk down Marr Road or any other Columbus street and see if you can count the discarded butts that litter the ground.

While walking one day I considered the math of, let’s suppose, one-quarter of the Columbus population smoking one pack of cigarettes per day. That equals 11,050 people times 20/pack totaling 221,000 butts per day — many of which seem to land on streets, lawns and roadways. Kind of makes one think, doesn’t it?

How is this for a radical idea: using the car’s ashtray for butts and a bag for empty packages and then dumping them in one’s own trash can. And the same thing could be done with the empty bottles, drink cups and wrappers from drive-thru eateries, and any other miscellaneous trash. Put them in a bag and deposit them in one’s garbage tote.

Simple, yet effective, and a quick way to clean up our streets and roadways. Please, let’s all help in keeping Columbus neat and clean.

And thank you to Michael Andrie for his litter letter on March 25.

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