Mayor Launches 'Neat Streets' to Target Cigarette Butts

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Posted: Monday, February 15, 2016 7:43 pm

BOSTON, Mass. -- Mayor Martin Walsh launched Neat Streets, an interactive public space installation, which aims to deter littering behaviors among residents and visitors who smoke cigarettes.

"Boston is a beautiful city, but to keep it that way we must all do our part to keep our streets clean," said Mayor Walsh. "This smart and innovative effort incorporates a public polling process to engage our residents and visitors in protecting our environment."

Modeled after a similar initiative in London, the Neat Streets initiative is aimed at decreasing litter on the streets in an interactive manner. One facet of the initiative is the cigarette butt receptacle, which prompts smokers to dispose their cigarette in a slot on a board by voting for the question being posed at the top of the board. For example, "More essential Boston winter gear? Hats or boots?" Residents and visitors are encouraged to submit questions on Twitter using hashtags through March.

Cigarette butt receptacles will be located throughout the city at locations chosen based on maximum foot traffic. Neat Streets will be installed by the end of February. danger!awesome, a makerspace, helped in tailoring the boxes for Boston streets.

SOURCE: City of Boston

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