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Here’s a better plan for cleaning up cigarette butts on Colfax

The Colfax Ave Business Improvement District has received a $10,000 grant from Keep America Beautiful to help stop cigarette butts from piling up along the iconic corridor.

RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

The Colfax Ave Business Improvement District has received a $10,000 grant from Keep America Beautiful to help stop cigarette butts from piling up along the iconic corridor.

Re: “Cigarette butts to be cleaned from East Colfax Avenue thanks to $10,000 grant,” April 4 news story.

Wow! A $10,000 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant for East Colfax Avenue. And there were 41 other such grants nationwide.

Here’s the thing: most of that money will be wasted on studies, committees, proposals and general bureaucracy with little impact on the butt problem.

But there is a sure-butt solution to eliminating cigarette litter on East Colfax: buy back the butts for a penny each, just like aluminum cans — and you won’t need a stolen grocery cart to haul them. In fact, use the can collection system to administer the program.

The Colfax $10,000 grant alone can buy back 1 million butts Plus, the homeless have another perpetual means of support. If there are not enough butts on East Colfax to spend the 10 grand, go citywide. Problem solved.

Gerald L. Abts, Denver

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