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April 22, 2008

Valdosta - The Mayor of Valdosta used Earth Day to announce a new pilot program he hopes will help clean up the city.

Mayor John Fretti says he's testing a cigarette litter prevention program in downtown Valdosta.

He says the city has worked hard to beautify the area but they are having a problem cleaning up cigarette butts from the ground.

To address this growing problem, he plans to place decorative ash trays throughout downtown.

He hopes smokers will take it seriously and thinks it will reduce litter by 50 percent. 

"With the option of where to put cigarette butts, it should cut it in half immediately in the pilot area and the more receptacles we have, the more options, the less litter we certainly see," says Mayor John Fretti.

He says if the program is successful downtown it will be moved throughout the city.

He expects the first receptacles to be put out within the next six months.

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