BALTIMORE — As part of Waterfront Partnership’s new initiative, Baltimore’s Healthy Harbor, discarded cigarette butts have become enemy No. 1 around the city’s bustling downtown area. The strategy was designed to make Baltimore’s harbor swimmable, fishable and clean by 2020.

To help the city reach this goal, new ash urns have been installed around the waterfront, offering smokers a safe and sanitary way to dispose of their cigarettes.
According to a press release, over 1 million cigarette butts have been collected in the harbor.

“The hundreds of cigarette butts around the waterfront are one rainfall away from entering our harbor,” said Laurie Schwartz, executive director of Waterfront Partnership, in a statement. “The instillation of the ash cans is a positive step of action to encourage harbor visitors not to litter and support our goals toward a healthy, butt-free harbor.”

The new ash cans were placed as part of an effort between H&S Properties, General Growth Properties, Baltimore Development Corporation, Waterfront Marriot and Waterfront Partnership.