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Beach cleanup planned as part of “Hold On To Your Butt Day”

Posted at 1:30 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 16:30:56-04

The Surfrider Foundation and San Luis Obispo County’s Tobacco Control Program are teaming up for the annual "Hold On To Your Butt Day" this Saturday, Aug. 18.

The event is held every year to raise awareness about the harmful impacts of cigarette butt litter in our oceans and on our beaches. 

According to Surfrider SLO, cigarette butts are the most-collected items during beach cleanups, and on Coastal Cleanup Day in 2017, more than 15,000 cigarette butts were picked up in coastal areas of San Luis Obispo County.

From 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, the public is invited to gather at the Pismo Beach Pier for a beach cleanup. Plus, the event’s mascot, "Butty," a human-sized cigarette butt, will hand out pocket ashtrays to smokers.