Surfrider Foundation Recognizes Mayor Faulconer for Combating Beach Pollution

Faulconer Kicks Off Surfrider Campaign to Install New Cigarette Ash Cans

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego, CA – This morning Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer joined Surfrider Foundation volunteers to reduce beach litter and water pollution by installing dozens of new cigarette ash cans in Ocean Beach. Mayor Faulconer, who was honored as one of the original supporters of the 8-year-old environmental program, rallied volunteer teams from the Surfrider Foundation’s "Hold On To Your Butt" committee before they were deployed in Ocean Beach's Voltaire and Newport business areas. The Surfrider Foundation's ambitious plan included the refurbishment of 50 existing ash cans with new stickers and the installation of 30 new ash cans along Voltaire Street, Newport Avenue and adjoining streets. To date, the organization has installed over 200 ash cans in San Diego County.

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the U.S. and can be found on streets and beaches throughout San Diego County. Approximately 40% of the items collected during Surfrider Foundation beach cleanups are cigarette butts. Wildlife often ingests cigarette butts, which poses a serious threat to their well-being and may cause death. The filters in cigarettes are made of plastic and don't biodegrade. These filters also release harmful toxins when saturated with water.

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