In a coast-wide educational outreach effort, coastal Georgia restaurants and pubs will distribute a combined 25,000 cigarette litter prevention messaged drink coasters on Aug. 23.

In the continued promotion of cigarette litter prevention, the “Georgia’s Coast is Not an Ashtray” drink coaster outreach effort coast into area pubs and restaurants on Aug. 23. Using “Georgia’s Coast is Not an Ashtray”-branded drink coasters, participating establishments in Georgia’s six coastal counties will reach a targeted population with educational information discouraging the littering of cigarette butts.

Made of cellulose acetate, a type of plastic, cigarette butts do not easily biodegrade and are the nation’s number one most littered item. “Partnering with local restaurants and pubs allows us to reach a designated audience with important cigarette litter messaging,” said Keep Golden Isles Beautiful Executive Director Lea King-Badyna. “This is a true community outreach effort with coastal establishments joining forces by using 25,000 messaged drink coasters to educate locals and visitors about cigarette litter.”

All those who participated in 2018 will be given the drink coasters a few days prior to the event, and additional establishments are invited to join. Contact the KGIB office to receive the drink coasters at no charge.

A joint educational and outreach program with Keep Liberty Beautiful, Keep Savannah Beautiful, Keep McIntosh Beautiful, Keep Camden Beautiful, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers, the City of Tybee Island, Ft. McCallister State Park, Crooked River State Park, University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant and Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, “Georgia’s Coast is Not an Ashtray is funded via a $10,000 Keep America Beautiful cigarette litter prevention program grant.

For more information and to register to receive coasters and participate outreach effort, contact the Keep Golden Isles Beautiful offices at info.kbgib@gmail.com or 912-279-1490.