This past Memorial Day, interns piled into the van to come to completion on their project with the Downtown Oakland Association. This past November, interns partnered up with DOA and Andrew to conduct a litter survey of the streets of Downtown Oakland. The overwhelming majority of litter items was Cig Butts, and reduction of those Butts is the very premise of the project.
Since the last audit, DOA worked with the City of Oakland to put in multiple Terracycle Ash Trays throughout Downtown. This doesn’t only reduce the amount of Cig Butts being thrown on the ground, this system also recycles the butts that do get thrown away!
Interns collected over 1859 pieces of litter throughout their short walk. The data shows much improvement with the previous clean up totaling up to 2340 pieces of litter. For both of the Pre/Post Surveys data shows that btw 90-91% of the items picked up were plastic. Cig Butts are included in this number.
Overall, our team was happy to see an improvement in the amount of trash collected throughout these two litter surveys. With that being said, we definitely recognize that there is much more improvement to be done!
It was very fulfilling to see the ashtrays in place as we completed our walk. Interns agreed that although it is great they are there, they are a bit challenging to recognize as an ash tray due to their unusual structure. Interns recommend leading education campaigns around these ash trays to hopefully see even more improvement as the culture builds around their communities new infrastructure.
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