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Litter Prevention

Sustain Coastal believes that everyone should take responsibility for their own footprint, but also work in helping the community maintain its footprints. In life, litter is prevalent, unfortunately for the environment and the campus. Awareness may be the best tool in working to fix litter problems. Through various campaigns and clean-ups, Sustain Coastal takes a stand against litter on-campus and in the community.  

Cigarette Butts

The "This is Litter Too" campaign is a cigarette butt litter prevention campaign funded by Keep America Beautiful and in partnership with Keep Horry County Beautiful and Horry-Georgetown Technical College. At CCU, there are designated smoking areas, which are located in the gazebos throughout campus. Smoking is only permited in these areas and there are designated waste receptacles for your cigarette butts too. 


  • Litter cleanups in the U.S. cost $11.5 billion a year.
  • Keep America Beautiful 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study found that litter in a community decreases property values by at least 7 percent.
  • 35 percent of cigarettes are disposed of on the ground, 37 percent in bushes, 25 percent near trash receptacles, 15 percent in planters.
  • Strongest predictor of litter is the number of ash receptors, for every ash receptor, a percentage of cigarette litter goes down by 9 percent.
  • Of smokers who work, 41.8% report their work does not have an ash receptacle.

Cig Butts
To get a pocket ashtray or car ashtray, call (843) 349-5041 or email sustain@coastal.edu

Community Clean-Ups

Community clean-ups are key to spreading awareness through action. Not only can you recruit volunteers to get involved, but the effect of a clean-up restores hope to a community. Sustain Coastal organizes its own clean-ups on-campus and in the community and promotes others that have initiated a clean-up in their areas too. 

For a list of upcoming clean-up events, visit our Calendar page