MU Sustainability Office Holds Cigarette Butt Pickup

5 years 3 weeks 3 days ago Friday, June 28 2013 Jun 28, 2013 Friday, June 28, 2013 11:20:00 AM CDT June 28, 2013 in News
By: Daniel Shapiro

COLUMBIA - MU's Sustainability Office held a cigarette butt pickup day today on campus to remove cigarette butts from the grass and sidewalks around MU. Friday afternoon MU is removing the urns around campus designed to hold used cigarettes.

The pickup happened before the MU campus becomes smoke free on July 1st to give the campus a "clean start to our smoking cessation," according to MU Sustainability Office Coordinator Steve Burdic. Burdic said the pickup was happening to prevent cigarette butts from making their way into streams around Columbia.

Sustainability Office employee Aaron Munzer said with smoking urns being taken off campus cigarette butts thrown on the ground will become a recurring problem.

"I like not seeing cigarette butts everywhere," Munzer said. "I wish people wouldn't throw them in the grass."

Ellis Library Human Resources Assistant Sheena Waggoner was one of 10 volunteers helping the sustainability office remove the cigarette butts.

"I take pride in keeping it looking beautiful," Waggoner said. "I wish more people had pride in it and not throw cigarettes on the ground."

The Sustainability Office is sending the cigarette butts to be recycled into a non-biodegradable plastic.

The office will be having another pickup during the Fall semester.

To see more pictures visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/komunews/sets/72157634373345249/

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