BoatUS seeks marinas for litter-prevention program

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The BoatUS Foundation is looking for more marinas to join its 2012 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.

Marinas have until April 6 to apply, and if selected they will receive a $500 grant to cover the cost of ash receptacles and a supply of portable ashtrays.

“Just last year, 43 participating marinas saw an amazing 50 percent average reduction in the amount of cigarette litter, which ultimately would have ended up in the water,” BoatUS Foundation director of environmental programs Susan Shingledecker said in a statement.

The program is a partnership with Keep America Beautiful, a nationwide non-profit organization that encourages people to take greater responsibility for improving the environment in their local community. With funding from Phillip Morris USA, Keep America Beautiful provides each marina with a cash grant to purchase the cigarette ash receptacles and a supply of portable ashtrays for use on boats.

Marinas are asked to install the receptacles, distribute the portable ashtrays and educate their customers about the importance of proper disposal.

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