We have all seen someone flick a cigarette butt out a car window or drop a butt on the street, but did you know cigarettes butts make up 32% of all items littered in the United States?
From KDB’s most recent installation of 5 receptacles in June 2018, Quakertown Park has experienced a 66% decrease in cigarette litter. KDB also held 5 butt bucket workshops creating DIY receptacles for outside residences and gave away 400 car and 200 pocket ashtrays.
In addition to reduction efforts, KDB volunteers have cleaned up 112,300 cigarette butts from Downtown Denton, the Fry St. Area, and Quakertown Park in the last year. If these butts were put end to end, they would stretch 1.77 miles!
While cigarette butts were once made of natural materials, they are now manufactured cellulose acetate – plastic! This compound is the same plastic material that frames your sunglasses and builds park benches and takes years to decompose. To recycle the butts, KDB sends all cigarette litter collected to Terracycle.
Want to help pick-up butts or host a butt bucket workshop? Email email@example.com to join in KDB’s next Cigarette Litter Cleanup (must be 18+ years of age to volunteer for this program).
KDB celebrated its 26th Annual Denton Redbud Festival on April 13, 2019. It may have been storming outside, but that didn’t phase us! It was a great day with thousands of attendees. Thank you to all who came out! Check out photos from the festival from our official event photographers, Gabriel Lee and Trejon D’Angelo.
KDB, You, and those New Year’s Resolutions
It’s a new
year, and that means you have probably made some resolutions to help you reach
a goal or two. Here at KDB, we think we can help you reach a few of those.
Giving back to my community
Everything we do at KDB benefits Denton directly – our money stays right here to cleanup your streets, give out trees to your neighbors, and provide grants to local schools. You can help us achieve our mission of a clean, beautiful, vibrant Denton by:
- becoming a member (we even have Business memberships!)
- giving a one-time donation
- sponsor an event or program
If this is one of your resolutions, KDB has you covered! We have lots of volunteer opportunities – for groups and individuals!
For more information, visit our website or contact our Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Carly Weld, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (940) 349-8738.
Plan for the future
A great way to plan for the future is to plant a tree! It may seem small now, but in time, that tree will provide much needed shade. Trees provide more benefits than shade, though, like decreased energy costs, increased property values, and decreased crime. Early spring a good time to plant – so check out of Denton’s local nurseries to chat about a tree for your yard. You may be eligible for a Tree Rebate on your utility bill if you plant a qualifying tree.
- Receive a free when you attend a Free Tree Class at the Denton Redbud Festival on April 13. Read more and sign up beginning March 11.
- Register to receive a free tree at the 2019 Community Tree Giveaway on Oct. 19. Choose from one of seven native or adapted tree species to enhance your hard. Learn more here and register beginning Oct. 1 at kdb.org.