Keep Manatee Beautiful installing 90 cigarette bins in Bradenton to cut down on litter

Keep Manatee Beautiful installing 90 cigarette bins in Bradenton to cut down on litter

BY KATE IRBY

After Keep Manatee Beautiful began installing cigarette bins in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Palmetto in 2009, smoking-related litter decreased from about 11,000 items in 2007 to 6,000 in 2011.

They’re hoping after the installation of 120 more cigarette disposal bins in Manatee County by July that that number will decrease even further.

Keep Manatee Beautiful received a grant of $7,500 from Keep America Beautiful to install the bins. It is using the money to buy 60 of the bins for the city and 30 for Manatee County, with the county buying an additional 30 using its own budget.

“The city of Bradenton found that this is a need of theirs, and they asked if we could apply for a grant for them to have a cigarette litter prevention program for the city of Bradenton and downtown at the Riverwalk,” Ingrid McClellan, executive director of Keep Manatee Beautiful, said Wednesday. “And Manatee County the very same week saw that since the older models of stainless steel were not holding up very well, they asked if we could pursue grants to purchase a more durable model, and they’re the ones that found this particular model.”

The bins cost $57 for a plain aluminum model and $78 for a brushed model, which blends in more with beach and sidewalk textures. The bins for Bradenton will be in entirely new areas, while the ones in Manatee County are replacing the stainless steel models.

“The older bins were not holding up to the salt environment,” McClellan said.

The new bins are supposed to be extremely durable and require little upkeep. They can hold about 750 cigarettes each while full, despite their small size.

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