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Sidewalk Buttlers Reduce Waste, Promote Health in Local Town

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

NVRH Prevention Services and the Town of Lyndon are reporting success in reducing waste and promoting health thanks to the recent addition of safe cigarette disposal units – Sidewalk Buttlers – in the community.

NVRH Prevention Specialist Tennyson Marceau and Lyndon Municipal Administrator Justin Smith emptied the Sidewalk Buttlers, which were installed in November 2018, the first week of April 2019, yielding a total of 454 grams (one pound) of used dry cigarettes.

“While our work to support those trying to quit, or not begin, the unhealthy habit of smoking continues, the reality is that some people still choose to smoke. Placement of these buttlers has helped reduce the harm of that habit to others – children, animals and the environment – by offering a responsible, safe and convenient disposal option,” Marceau said.

Working closely with Smith and St. Johnsbury Town Manager Chad Whitehead, Marceau helped determined the best locations for dozens of the Sidewalk Buttlers in their respective communities last fall. Lyndonville has disposal units located in high traffic areas such as downtown, outside of public park boundaries (as substance use is illegal in Lyndonville parks) and at trailhead posts. St. Johnsbury is installing them in high-traffic areas as well as near parks and other recreational areas. Since buttlers easily attach to existing poles or posts, they do not impede street cleaning, interfere with plowing or occupy sidewalk real estate. Each buttler holds approximately 700 cigarette butts and are designed for no-touch emptying and recycling.

The cigarette butts will be recycled through TerraCycle, which recycles them into a variety of industrial products, such as park benches. St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville will receive funds from this recycling program to utilize within their own communities.

“These buttlers are one way to create cleaner and safer communities, as well as support the towns’ beautification efforts. We’re glad to see they’re doing just that,” Marceau said.

Additional volunteers are needed to regularly help in empty the buttlers for recycling and may contact Marceau at 802-748-7332 if interested. Local businesses and citizens are encouraged to call the town and to let them know if a nearby buttler appears full or if a specific location should be considered for a buttler.

Lyndonville will also be working toward creating a community disposal location where volunteers can assist with emptying the buttlers and discarding the cigarettes into a container for later recycling efforts.

Funding for the buttlers was made possible, in part, by the Vermont Department of Health’s Tobacco Control and Prevention Program.

 


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