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Cigarette Litter and the Environment

Cigarette Litter and the Environment.  Visit Us on Facebook #Keep America Beautiful #Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation


A cigarette butt or cigar tip dropped to the ground seems insignificant. But follow that butt as it’s carried off by rain into storm drains and eventually to streams and rivers. It now adds up to a big impact on the places we live: In fact, 32% of litter at storm drains is tobacco products.1
Cigarette butt litter creates blight. It accumulates in gutters, and outside doorways and bus shelters. It’s the number one most littered item anywhere. Increasing amounts of litter in a business district, along riverfronts, or recreation areas create a sense that no one cares, leading to more community disorder and crime.2
Cigarette butts and cigar tips don’t disappear. About 95% of cigarette filters are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic which does not quickly degrade and can persist in the environment.3 Cigar tips, too, are predominantly plastic.
Filters are harmful to waterways and wildlife. Litter traveling through storm drains and water systems, ends up in local streams, rivers, and waterways. Nearly 80% of marine debris comes from land-based sources. Cigarette butt litter can also pose a hazard to animals and marine life when they mistake filters for food4.
Learn more about why cigarette litter matters:
Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention
At the WNEG AM Radio’s Home and Outdoor Show, Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful introduced the personal ashtrays to attendees. It was a “HIT”
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Community Cleanup At Cooper Valley

Community Cleanup At Cooper Valley. Visit us on Facebook @Keep American Beautiful @Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation

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Lakeside Drive Roadside Cleanup

Lakeside Drive Roadside Cleanup See us on our Facebook Page @Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation @Keep America Beautiful

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Community Cleanup for Spring Cleanup for the Great American Cleanup

Community Cleanup for Spring Cleanup for the Great American Cleanup

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5th Grade Litter Essay Contest 2014 Winners

5th Grade Litter Essay Contest 2014 Winners

5th Grade Litter Essay Winners


Keep Toccoa Stephens County Beautiful and the Stephens County 4-H program sponsored the 5th grade litter essay contest. Essays were entitled “If I were a community leader what would I do about the litter problem in Stephens County.” The essays were judged by the Keep Toccoa Stephens County Board of Directors. An awards dinner was held at the X-Factor Restaurant on Thursday, March 27th. The four elementary schools 5th grade 4-H winners were Laci Jane Fletcher, Mr. Worley’s Class – Big A Elementary, Kinsey Quick– Mrs. Hale’s Class – Eastanollee Elementary, Ariana Cornett, Mrs. Perrin’s Class – Toccoa Elementary, and Mason Roberts, Mrs. Rose’s Class – Liberty Elementary. Each school winner received a monetary gift, and dinner. Also in attendance at the Litter Essay Awards dinner were Gail Fry, City of Toccoa Mayor, Dennis Bell, Stephens County Commissioner, Tim Hale, Keep Toccoa Stephens County Beautiful Board Member, Linda Wilson, Keep Toccoa Stephens County Board Member, Rose Means, Keep Toccoa Stephens County Beautiful Board Member, and Susan Yearwood, Stephens County 4-H Agent and Keep Toccoa Stephens County Beautiful board member.

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Toccoa Hands Out Main Street Awards


Toccoa Hands Out Main Street Awards

January 24, 2014


Downtown Toccoa honors businesses, property owners, and volunteers at its annual Main Street Awards.

The annual awards were handed out Thursday night at the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa.

Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said the awards give the city a chance to recognize those who have gone above and beyond on behalf of downtown and the Main Street program over the last year.

“Many of these businesses have done a lot to their buildings,” said Crosby.  “Some of the others we recognized were organizations who have helped with the downtown.  It is a time of really being able to thank them for all of their hard work.”


This year’s award winners were:

Best Interior Project — Victoria’s Sweet Treats

Best Adaptive Reuse — Feral Outfitters

Outstanding Community Service — Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful

Best Historic Renovation — 20   Doyle Street (formerly Frames and Things)

Dedicated Downtowner — Deborah Hartley

Downtown Champion — David Austin

Downtown Anchor — Whistlestop Antique Market

Special Recognition — Acree Family Partnership


Main Street Toccoa also took time during the awards ceremony to recognize the new businesses who have opened this year in the Main Street District and recognize all of the volunteers that help with downtown events.

The Downtown Development Authority notes that volunteers spent a total of more than 3,000 hours assisting the Main Street program.

Crosby says that the Main Street program appreciates all of the businesses who have chosen to locate and do business downtown, as well as all of the organizations and volunteers who help out in downtown and with the various events that take place downtown throughout the year.


KTSCB Received the Governor’s Circle Award

Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful Receives Inaugural Governor’s Circle Recognition Award
Atlanta, GA – Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful received the Governor’s Circle Award on Dec. 9. These inaugural, statewide awards were presented by Gov. Nathan Deal at the State Capitol as part of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Fall Conference.
Created by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation in honor of its 35th Anniversary; The
Governor’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates in reducing litter, minimizing waste and greening local communities. To qualify for the Governor’s Circle Award, affiliates must be in good standing with Keep America Beautiful; conducting an annual Litter Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio and engaging volunteers to take greater responsibility for their community environment. Additionally, the affiliate must be an active member of the Georgia network.
“The affiliates receiving the Governor’s Circle Award represent the best of community
improvement efforts”, said Sarah Visser, Executive Director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful
Foundation, “they are doing the hard work every day to keep their communities economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable”.
Georgia is the first state in the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) network to create a Governor’s Circle Award modeled on KAB’s national good standing designation.
About Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF): Created in 1978 by Governor George Busbee, Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB), became the first state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. In 2011, the Keep Georgia Beautiful program merged with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Inc. which was created in 1985 to promote private sector financial support for worthwhile educational programs that enhance the environment and the quality of life in Georgia. KGBF coordinates a number of environmental
efforts including the Great American Cleanup™ and the statewide Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree recycling program. The Foundation is based on a fundamental premise that the environmental interests of the state of Georgia and the people who live here are best served when public and private interests work hand-in-hand to achieve common goals. Our connections with the public and privates sector aid us in our mission to local Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliates as they build and sustainable communities through litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, water resource
management and community greening. For more information about the KGB Foundation, please visit or call the office at (404) 679-4910.
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Media inquiries may be directed to Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Executive Director, Sarah Visser at (404) 679-4910 (office) or

2013 Governor’s Circle Recognition Award Winners
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, Inc.
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Keep Brunswick/Golden Isles Beautiful
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Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission
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Keep Jones Beautiful Commission
Keep Kennesaw Beautiful
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Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission
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Keep North Fulton Beautiful, Inc
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Keep South Fulton Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Sumter Beautiful
Keep Toccoa Stephens Beautiful
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Keep Troup Beautiful
Keep Vienna Beautiful
Keep Walton Beautiful
Keep Warner Robins Beautiful


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