POLL: Keeping Westport Clean With New Garbage, Cigarette Receptacles

The Downtown Merchants Association has donated new waste and cigarette butt receptacles to provide the public with an opportunity to keep Main Street clean.


When business owners began to point out the garbage and cigarette butts on Main Street, the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA) answered by donating five new waste receptacles and two cigarette receptacles.

“It’s a challenge to find out who is supposed to clean up downtown,” said Stephen R. Desloge, President of the DMA.

Although Desloge would like to see a team effort, he believes it is the community’s responsibility to keep the area clean as long as they have the resources to do so. He would like to see everyone pitch in, including landlords, merchants and the Town of Westport.

“I think we’ll have a much-improved physical area and be proud to walk down Main Street. The fact of the matter is, I don't think the community is proud to walk down Main Street today,” he said.


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The waste receptacles, which cost about $800 each, and the cigarette receptacles, which cost about $100 each, will be strategically placed throughout downtown. Specifically, the DMA will be focusing on locations where people congregate and areas with benches, Desloge said.

The cigarette receptacles will be put near the Parker Harding area, where there are several benches and umbrellas by the Saugatuck River directly across from , according to Desloge. The other receptacle will be nearby the bench outside of where many workers sit on their break.

Desloge, who is the owner and president of , said the DMA is also working to beautify downtown in other ways.

The DMA's ‘Bump Out’ project will remove the old railroad ties (refer to pictures) at the intersection of Main and Elm streets nearby and . In its place will be an old-fashioned light post surrounded by a flower garden and a brick walkway, according to Desloge. The project, which will cost the DMA approximately $20,000, will begin sometime after Labor Day and is schedlued to be completed by October.

Jon August 01, 2012 at 06:43 PM
W I would argue that not many westporters smoke in general, so I think the receptacles on Main Street should be limited to 2. However, perhaps in the parking lot behind the stores there should be at least 10, since clearly most of the smokers are workers. That being said even with the receptacles people will still reflexively through it on the ground
Chris Rueli August 01, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Jon, That is one thing Stephen R. Desloge, president of the Westport DMA, was focused on: strategically placing cigarette receptacles where people congregate, especially downtown workers on their smoke breaks. Do you think it would be wise to have cigarette receptacles nearby every trash can in town so people will not be tempted discard cigarette butts on the ground at all?
Jon August 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM
No, because that assumes they are walking to the trash can when they smoke; they clearly do not do this hence the discarded cigs. They would just throw it out in the garbage can. Since this is clearly a convenience issue, it would be best to place them outside the stores. While they may clutter the landscape, and I do not have a problem with cigs on the street, but clearly some do, it is probably the best place to put them
Chris Rueli August 01, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Jon, Don't you think throwing a cigarette in a trash can is a fire hazard? What about the people who neglect to fully extinguish their cigarette before throwing it away?
Jon August 02, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Well obviously, but they can easily put it out and then discard it in the garbage. They do not. Its a convenience issue


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