Keeping Cigarette Butts Out of Newtown Creek 2019-06-05T15:44:43+00:00

Project Description

Keeping Cigarette Butts Out of Newtown Creek

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Boat Club (formerly North Brooklyn Community Boathouse)
Project Partners: Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants; and North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance)
Project Location: Newtown Creek
GCEF Grant: $24,660
Matching Contribution: $0
Fact Sheet: Keeping Cigarette Butts out of Newtown Creek PDF
Project Status: Terminated (November 2015)

In 2014, North Brooklyn Boat Club received a $24,660 GCEF grant for a “Don’t Put Your Butt in the Creek” campaign. The campaign involves raising awareness of, and putting an end to, the problem of inappropriately disposed-of cigarette butts fouling Newtown Creek. The campaign couples the placement of cigarette disposal containers labeled with the slogan “Don’t Put Your Butt in the Creek” outside Greenpoint bars and restaurants with community education and publicity about the problem of cigarette butts in Newtown Creek.


August 2015: The design of a cigarette disposal container, which will be shaped like a dolphin, has been finished and molds are in the process of being produced. Digital models of the containers have been created for use in enlisting bars and restaurants to host them, as well as recruiting local artists to paint and decorate them. The project hopes the containers will be completed and placed by late September or early October of 2015. Work has begun on a project website.

November 2015: The project was terminated due to loss of the principal investigator necessary for its implementation. Before the project’s termination, GCEF allocated $3,379 (of the total $24,660 earmark) to the project for coordination, prototype design for the cigarette disposal container, and supplies to build the prototype.