Environmental Press # 343

Subj: Tues: Hold your butt campaign in NB
Date: 11/24/2003 9:38:03 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Doug Korthof <doug@seal-beach.org>
To: voiceforveterans@aol.com (via list)

One of the bad things, you find out, when you start cleaning up beaches and wetlands is STYRO, the worst thing in the world except...BUTTS! CIGG BUTTZ, that people throw away. The tobacco is poisonous, when ingested; and the filter tips persist for decades.

What is needed is a SUNSET FEE, that is charged to cigg manufacturers, that they have to pay for each butt picked up on these cleanups. Say, 1 cent each, although it costs us maybe 15 cents in volunteer time to pick them up -- and they do much more damage if we don't.

NOW, Newport Beach is being called on to enact a SMOKE-FREE BEACH!

This makes sense, since one cigg- or cigar-sucker can stink up an entire beach, and induce asthma attacks, inhibit runners ability, and generally poison those impacted with their infiltrating butt- debris. Then, they throw the butt!


Here is the ALERT from Earth Resource Foundation, please attend tuesday at 7PM and on. Solana Beach is leading the way on this issue!

/Doug 562-430-2495

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Dear Environmental Activists and Concerned Citizens,I thought you might be interested in the results of our recent Hold On To Your Butt beach clean up that was held Saturday, November 15, 2003 at Newport Beach Pier, Newport Beach, CA.
Date: November 15, 2003
Location: Newport Beach Pier
Time collected: 2 hours (average)
Number of People: 165
Represented: CSUFullerton, UCI, Alpha Phi Omega (UCI), Pikes (UCI), Delta Gamma (UCI), Newport Harbor High School ERF, Corona Del Mar High School ERF, Buena Park High School ERF, Brea-Olinda High School ERF, Tustin High School ERF, Oxford Academy ERF, Northwood High School, Irvine High School, Katella High School, Estancia High School, Anaheim High School NHS, Fountain Valley High School, Costa Mesa High School, Western High School, Orange Coast College, individuals

Butts: 1 full bag (large kitchen trash bag) of only cigarette butts; on average 2,000 butts per normal plastic shopping bag, therefore, we are estimating that we collected approximately 10,000 Butts Notes: The beach was cleaned/raked the day before

We will be presenting our findings, including all the butts, to the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 7:00pm. We would appreciate any support from individuals by showing up and voicing their opinions or write a letter to have a smoke free beach
and pier in the city of Newport Beach.

It just goes to show you that many people are interested in keeping our beaches clean from cigarette litter. Although the beach had been cleaned the day before, we still picked up approximately 10,000 cigarette butts on the beach. Yes, it is obvious from this one event that cigarette litter is a problem and a major concern. Despite the rain, the youth showed up to voice their concern and get their hands dirty. Not only was the day a lot of fun, but informative as individuals were able to see first hand the tenacious nature of cigarette litter.

If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you.
Ananya Mullane
Youth Program Coordinator
Earth Resource Foundation 949-645-5163
Fax: 949-645-5173
A Very special thank you to ALL the volunteers and especially Ananya, Zoe,
Suzanne, Diana, Ted and Narsis for getting there early, hanging out in the
rain and giving so generously of their time!!
Stephanie Barger
Executive Director
Earth Resource Foundation
230 E. 17th Street #208
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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