From left: Robert Whitehead of the Department of Public Works; Central Atlanta Progress President AJ Robinson; Valerie Winrow of the Department of Public Works; First Lady of Atlanta Sarah Elizabeth Reed; Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Chief Resilience Officer; Michelle Wiseman of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Abbey Patterson of Atlanta Recycles; Kailor Gordy of Central Atlanta Progress; Shelby Busso of US Green Building Council; Shaundra Favors of the Department of Public Works.

The City of Atlanta has announced the launch of “Clean Streets,” a recycling program created by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Department of Public Works and Keep Atlanta Beautiful to properly dispose of cigarette waste in Downtown and promote the city’s zero waste goals.

In partnership with the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and TerraCycle – an organization which partners with municipalities to bring recycling solutions, the city is installing 50 cigarette butt and ash receptacles in highly-traveled sidewalk areas throughout Downtown.

“Atlanta joins a number of cities in the United States committed to keeping the number one littered item in the world off the local streets and out of landfills,” said Richard Mendoza, Commissioner of the Department of Public Works. “We are delighted to champion this effort towards litter reduction. It is our hope that with the success of the program in Downtown, we will be able to install additional cigarette disposal receptacles in other high traffic areas of the city.”

All cigarette waste collected in the “Clean Streets” program will be sent to TerraCycle. Terracyle will then donate $1 for every pound of cigarette butts recycled to Keep America Beautiful to fund and administer litter prevention programs.

“The new receptacles will be installed at transition points where cigarette butt littering occurs frequently in Downtown, such as outside retail stores, restaurants, bars, hotels, office buildings, parking lots and bus shelters,” said A. J. Robinson, President of Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District.

To ensure that the “Clean Streets” program becomes an integral part of the city’s ongoing litter reduction activities, ADID and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will provide public education and outreach, and ensure the long-term maintenance of the receptacles.