Keep Your Butts in Your Pants

Keep Your Butts in Your Pants is a campaign aimed to reduce cigarette butt litter by distributing pocket ashtrays to smokers and encouraging them to properly dispose the butts.

Keep Natchitoches Beautiful has recruited several convenient stores and gas stations in Natchitoches to partner and implement this campaign. Please refer to the list below to receive a free pocket ashtray with a tobacco purchase.

Free pocket ashtrays are available at these locations:

Shop Rite located at 247 Keyser Avenue
McFarland Center’s Super Stop located at 1207 Texas Street


A cleaner Natchitoches can be accomplished by raising awareness of the cigarette butt litter problem and distributing free pocket ashtrays to smokers. This gives smokers an opportunity to do the right thing by using a pocket ashtray instead of littering the butt. It is Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s hope that after repeated use of the pocket ashtray that smokers will adopt this new behavior and it will become a habit resulting in a reduction of cigarette butt litter.

Cigarette butts remain the most littered item in Louisiana and across the globe. Dropping cigarette butts and cigar tips to the ground, putting them in planters, and disposing of them in waterways is littering. Littering cigarette butts and cigar tips is unsightly, costly to clean up, illegal and harmful to waterways and wildlife. In fact, 32% of litter in storm drains are tobacco products. Litter traveling through storm drains and water systems, ends up in local streams, rivers, and waterways.

Interesting Facts:

• Most cigarette litter occurs in the car or at transition points.

• 95% of cigarette filters are not biodegradable but the majority of smokers believe that cigarette butts are biodegradable.

• Due to cigarette litter’s small size many view it on a different scale than other litter.

About Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. is the state’s anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness and cleanups. Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission is to promote personal, corporate and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. For more information visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.


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11 thoughts on “Keep Your Butts in Your Pants

  1. Yes there are more areas for improvement that are more noticeable etc., but this is a great start and good idea! Good job Keep Natchitoches Beautiful and thank you

  2. The McDonald’s bags and chicken boxes are a lot uglier than cigarette butts in my opinion. Seems keep Natchitoches beautiful needs to change direction. Maybe they can come by and pick the bags and cups out of my yard every day.

    • Amen! I’m so tired of the saggy pants fashion trend. It’s so 90s. When will anybody take you seriously if they can see your drawers?

  3. Some people couldn’t find their butts using both hands!

    But, okay, if this helps a little, great. There are bigger litter and property issues(clean-up) in Natchitoches.

  4. I am not too worried about figgy butts. Birds use them in nest making and the residual nicotine in them kill the mites on the birds and in the nests.

    • Really? And the other 99 deadly chemicals don’t harm the birds or the hatchlings? Or any other animal that comes into contact with them?

    • That’s a good point. I police up the litter that has been thrown out of passing cars every day and winds up in my yard and the Boulevard median.

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