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Blount Memorial Hospital Donates Ash Receptacles to Keep Blount Beautiful

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MARYVILLE -– Blount Memorial Hospital has donated fifteen ash receptacles to Keep Blount Beautiful. The hospital adopted a tobacco-free campus policy January 1 and no longer need the receptacles.

"The receptacles are much needed throughout the county," says Charlene DeSha, Keep Blount Beautiful Coordinator. "We are so pleased to have additional receptacles to donate with our Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program." Keep Blount Beautiful has helped place receptacles in downtown Maryville, as well as area parks and park pavilions.

Cigarette butts are the most-littered item in America, representing nearly 30 percent of all items documented in nationwide clean-up initiatives. Local law enforcement is issuing litter tickets locally and across the state. Anything under 5 pounds means a $50 fine if caught, and this includes cigarette butt litter.

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, Inc. has field-tested and expanded the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program for the last seven years with support from Philip Morris USA, an Altria company.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of nearly 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit www.kab.org.

Contact Keep Blount Beautiful at 865-681-8409 or visit www.keepblountbeautiful.org for more information, or if you know of an area where a receptacle is needed.

Keep Blount Beautiful is an award winning 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Their mission is to improve our community by encouraging litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification.

Published February 8, 2011

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