Up & Coming Weekly

May 13, 2014

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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MAY 14-20, 2014 UCW 7 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Win an iPad Mini! Stop by our booth at the May 16-18 NC State Fairgrounds Raleigh, NC One drawing each day! 2711 Breezewood Ave. Fayetteville, NC 28303 910-223-0949 www.fostercare.com GOT A D.W.I.? Need your drivers license back? can help you today! 910.779.0454 3121 N. Main Street • Hope Mills, NC • 13+ Years Experience • Walk Ins Welcomed • State Licensed • Se habla español www.cityoffayetteville.org www.facebook.com/cityoffayettevillegovernment www.faytv7.com Twitter @CityOfFayNC The City of Fayetteville, North Carolina does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion, or disability in its employment opportunities, programs, services, or activities. Have a Smartphone or Tablet Handy? Join our Social Media Networks! If you have your smartphone or tablet device handy, scan the QR codes below to subscribe to the City of Fayetteville's Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube networks. Get engaged! Anti-Cigarette Butt Litter Campaign Kicks Off The City of Fayetteville is partnering with Fayetteville Beautiful to curb the amount of cigarette butts that litter the roadside and wash into our storm drains. The City has created an awareness campaign with a website, billboards and 30 second PSAs to air on FayTV7 and the Internet. The campaign will culminate during the week of the Dogwood Festival with digital billboards displayed for free by Lamar Advertising. In addition, Fayetteville Beautiful will have a table at the City's tent during the Dogwood Festival to help educate the public about the effects cigarette litter can have on the environment. Residents wishing to participate in Fayetteville Beautiful's Citywide Cleanup on May 3 can sign up via an interactive map at http://fcpr.us/fayettevillebeautiful. Cigarettes are an unsightly form of litter that not only decrease property values, but also can leach toxic chemicals into area streams and rivers. Cigarette butts are designed to trap the chemicals found in cigarette smoke such as arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde. The following are a few facts provided by Keep America Beautiful: • Overall littering rate for cigarette butts is 65%, and tobacco products comprise 38% of all U.S. roadway litter • 32% of litter at storm drains is tobacco products • The presence of litter in a community decreases property values by a little over 7% • Tobacco litter represents nearly 32% of all litter in outdoor recreation areas • 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 • 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. Cigar tips, too, are predominantly plastic • A survey of over 1,000 smokers found that 35% toss five or more cigarette butts per pack on the ground The City of Fayetteville is asking smokers to take a moment and properly dispose of their cigarettes in ashtrays and smoking bins instead of throwing cigarette butts out their window or emptying ashtrays on City streets. It only takes a moment to be stewards of the environment and help the City become a desirable place to live and visit.

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