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Posted on: July 17, 2018

[ARCHIVED] County Appeals to Residents to Keep Beaches Litter-Free

Jamestown Beach 2018

On Saturday, June 14, Keep James City County Beautiful volunteers spread the word to citizens and visitors at Jamestown Beach that James City County recently passed a Zero Tolerance for Litter Policy, and that cigarettes are litter too. The County's penalty for littering is a minimum fine of $250.

Everyone wants to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach, but we each need to do our part to keep it pleasant and enjoyable for all. Litter not only impacts environmental health, but can harm humans and wildlife, decrease property value, and affect our overall quality of life. Cigarette filters do not biodegrade, and they resemble fish eggs when they break apart in water, making them harmful to the animals who rely on fish eggs for food. Additionally, the plastic inside the filter is consumed by the fish that we eat, so the plastics end up back in our bodies. Volunteers handed out pocket ashtrays and cup holder ashtrays for smokers to use at the beach. These materials were donated by Keep America Beautiful to help keep cigarette waste off the ground and out of our waterways. Volunteers also spread the word that recycling is important and expected on all County properties, including our parks and beaches. Informative materials and promotional items were distributed to help remind our visitors to do the right thing -- keep the trash off the ground and the recyclables in the recycling bin!

For more information about Keep James City County Beautiful or to learn more about volunteering, contact Dawn Oleksy at 757-259-5375 or email

Media Contact:
Grace Boone, General Services Director

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