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Civic groups pick up after littering smokers

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The Albany Rotary Club along with Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful kicked off their "No Butts Please" campaign to rid the Good Life City of cigarette butts and trash.

Members were out in the community Thursday cleaning up along the Nottingham and Liberty Bypass area.

This is the first of six times they will go out ridding the community of unsightly waste that people just throw out.

"So we're doing an awareness campaign that cigarettes butts are litter, they're bad for the environment, they're bad for economic development..." said Albany Rotary Club President Steve Allen.

"If we're not clean and look like we have pride in our community, then new businesses will not want to locate here," said the Executive Director of Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful, Judy Bowles.

Transportation officials say 51 billion pieces of litter were thrown on U.S. highways last year, and 38% of that was tobacco products.

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