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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Event to raise awareness about cigarette butt litter
Please Carry It-Don’t Bury It!
DATE: September 12, 2006
CONTACT: Mary Power, (603) 559-1500
Cathy Coletti, (603) 559-0024

Portsmouth, NH – The New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) at the Department of Environmental Services will host the "Guess How Many Butts" event as part of this year’s annual International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 16. Test your estimating skill while helping to raise awareness about the pollution caused by cigarette butts left on the ground in our coastal watershed.

What: "Guess How Many Butts" Event
When: September 16, 2006; 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hampton Sea Shell, Hampton, New Hampshire

Participants in the "Guess How Many Butts" event will predict how many cigarette butts are inside a jug, and the three closest guessers will win one of these great prizes:

  • 1st prize - Surfing lesson, including wetsuit and board rentals from Cinnamon Rainbows of Hampton.
  • 2nd prize - Family membership to the Seacoast Science Center.
  • 3rd prize - Passage for two on a UNH Discovery Cruise to the Isles of Shoals aboard the Gulf Challenger.

Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Last year over 50,000 butts were collected on International Coastal Cleanup day, a worldwide coastal clean-up celebrated locally in New Hampshire. Cigarette butts are the most common item found during beach cleanups in New Hampshire. They are not just unsightly litter; they are also a danger to wildlife, a health hazard to people, and pollutants of our waters and soils.

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is coordinating this year’s International Coastal Cleanup in New Hampshire with grant funding provided by the Coastal Program. The Blue Ocean Society coordinates volunteer efforts to clean up trash and other marine debris at over 20 sites on the Seacoast.

For more information on how to participate in the cleanup visit or contact Jen Kennedy at (603) 431-0260.

For more information about cigarette butts in our coastal watershed and the "Carry It-Don’t Bury It" Campaign, visit

NHCP would like to thank the Stateline Environmental and Community Action Team (SEACAT) for collecting cigarette butts for the "Guess How Many Butts" Event and for their extraordinary efforts to pick up butts and other litter in the Seacoast. Learn more about SEACAT at

NH Department of Environmental Services | 29 Hazen Drive | PO Box 95 | Concord, NH 03302-0095
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