Marshall University in Huntington: "Maintenance spends a lot of time picking it up and it seems like we can't keep up," Dr. K. Edward Grose, vice president of operations, said. Andrew Sheetz, supervisor of roads and grounds, said a conservative estimate would be that at least $30,000 is spent by his department alone picking up cigarettes and other litter. He has one employee who does nothing but pick up litter and empty trash from the nearly 100 trash cans around campus, Sheetz said. The worker's salary alone, not including overtime, benefits or insurance, comes to about $27,000, Sheetz said."
Virginia's Department of Transportation (VDOT) spends more than $6 million every year in picking up litter along Virginia's roads.The country would be a much cleaner and safer place if all smokers would properly take care of their own litter. Scientists estimate that it takes up to 12 years for a cigarette butt to break down. "People think they are biodegradable," said Kathryn Novak, coordinator for the Florida branch of the Ocean Conservancy. They're not, so think before flicking that cigarette butt out the car window." Maybe we can change opinions about cigarette butt litter one person at a time. Consider the reality of this pledge below. I pledge allegiance, as I trash the United States of America, and to the cigarette butt carpet under which it's hidden, one more, what can it hurt, another one non-biodegradable acetate filter for all. John R. Pollito, 2002