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Big Butts? Let's fix this!We're attempting the first citywide cigarette butt recycling
program in America.
We're a tiny 501c3 non-profit but together with international recycling giant TerraCycle, we're able to turn Nashville's cigarette butts into industrial shipping pallets. Didn't know you could recycle cigarette butts? It's possible, but we're going to need a little help from our friends.
Why is this important?Hundreds of thousands of cigarette butts land in local storm drains, street intersections, and sidewalks. Across Middle Tennessee, our storm drains lead directly to rivers, creeks, and streams — so at the first rainfall, these butts end up in our water. Our 501c3 non-profit is stepping up with a unique idea that's committed to change!
What is this project all about?Your support will help us launch our Cigarette Waste Brigade, a city-wide effort to identify where cigarette butts are a problem, how they are entering our waterways and storm drains, and what the smartest solutions are to stop them.
This is the same program for which the NHL Nashville Predators announced their participation and support. You can read about that here. Other key community participation will be announced soon from Nashville's most iconic entities. Our program involves outreach to organizations, businesses, residents,
schools and other important groups.
The more this campaign achieves, the more initiatives we can take on across Davidson County. For example, Nashville has over 101 formal neighborhood associations; our intent is to implement this program across them all. Our program is not about picking up cigarette butts all across town; instead we're engineering smart solutions and partnerships before they even reach the ground.
• Belle Meade • Bellevue • Belmont • Berryhill • Brentwood • Cleveland Park • Crieve Hall • Donelson • Downtown Urban District • East Nashville • Edgehill • Germantown • Green Hills • The Gulch • Hermitage • Hillsboro Village • Hillwood • Inglewood • Madison • Oak Hill • Old Hickory • Richland • Sylvan Park • 12South • and many more neighborhoods.
Our Initial Goal: $7,000
As of March 1, we are halfway to our first goal. Thank you to all who have contributed and helped get the word out! This amount will help us afford specific tangibles including a program logo, a program website, marketing materials, and an initial design of our community footprint and program outreach.
Our Stretch Goal: $10,000
Our stretch goal will help us scale to the next level with community audits and outreach to large corporations that are unwittingly contributing to the problem. Corporate no-smoking policies indirectly promote smoking off-property where cigarette ash cans typically aren't found. The result means more cigarette butts in our streets, gutters and water. By creating partnerships with corporate leadership and facilities managers, we can develop systems to reduce this problem. Our stretch goal will also cover the costs of some ash cans for specific public areas that are neglected.
What you getAwesome cool stuff from our corporate campaign supporters!
If you don't need (or want) an incentive to get involved, please use the top funding category we've called "Open Donation" and set your own amount. The default box currently says $1, but simply change your amount at checkout.
But take a look at the incentives several generous businesses have tossed in to help our campaign. Just choose a funding amount on the right, and we'll send you the corresponding incentive at the end of our campaign.
Sound crazy? It will be a challenge, but we can do it with the right amount of help. The Nashville Clean Water Project has done plenty like this before. Our track record starts in 2008 when we created the largest water cleanup in Nashville history, and that continues today as one of the largest in all of the United States. We have literally engaged thousands with the clean water cause.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t donate — that's okay. They can still help in these big ways:
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- Find us on Twitter, and please tweet us for support;
- Email our campaign link to your friends with your own invitation to get involved;
- Ask your colleagues, family and friends to spread the word about our campaign;
- Use the share tools at the top of this page and help us make some noise.
And that’s really all there is to making your voice count!