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Pismo Beach clean up gets rid of cigarette butts

Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 20:22:37-04

The San Luis Obispo Surfrider Foundation and the County of San Luis Obispo’s Tobacco Control Program joined forces to raise awareness to the harmful impacts of cigarette butt litters have on oceans and beaches. 

The annual event, Hold on to Your Butt cleaned up Pismo Beach Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. by collecting cigarette butts and handing out pocket-size ashtrays to smokers. 

At the end of the clean up they count how many cigarette butts they collected. 

Surfrider SLO said cigarette butts are the number one item collected at beach cleanups. Volunteers at last years Coastal Cleanup Day collected more than 15,000 cigarette butts in the San Luis Obispo County area.