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.

Maggie Feczko August 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I was at TD Bank yesterday and was appalled at the trash on the steps and sidewalk and unkempt look of the landscape. I would be complaining to the landlord if I were in charge.
Fairfield Resident August 01, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Smokers are lazy, disgusting jerks who think that they can just flick their cigarette butts anywhere they please and that someone else will pick up their litter.
Jon August 01, 2012 at 01:43 PM
No they are not. If there is not a receptacle should one just hold the cig ad infinitum. I am sick of people who do not smoke always complaining.
Fairfield Resident August 01, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Yes, They Are, Jon. Instead of tossing your butts out of your car windows.......use your ashtrays that are IN your cars. If you are milling about outside your place of employment, stub your cigarette out on the sole of your shoe and toss it in the garbage at your desk after you have finished wasting company time (don't just leave it on the sidewalk or toss it in the street). Excuses....Excuses....typical of smokers.
Jon August 01, 2012 at 02:17 PM
New cars do not come with ashtrays.... If smokers could smoke in their offices i'm sure that would happen. Unfortunately, they cannot. Are you suggesting, that the smoker bring the cig all the way back in the office to throw it out? Smokers have no rights anymore
Fairfield Resident August 01, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Excuses........Excuses...... New cars still have cup holders........probably more so than they ever have: http://www.amazon.com/BUTT-BUCKET----CIGARETTE-CONTAINER/dp/B000AMOEGE/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1343831347&sr=8-8&keywords=portable+ashtray I guess you are right Jon, it must be sooooo difficult to carry that heavy cigarette butt alllll the way back to the garbage can in your office. I feel for you!
Jon August 01, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I don't want it in my car, someone should just pick it up... isn't that the point of maintenance workers
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Maggie, Do you think Westport would benefit from having more cigarette receptacles around downtown, or would smokers continue to throw their butts on the ground?
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Do you pick up cigarette butts when you see them on the ground like Mr. Desloge does? The president of Westport's DMA was picking up cigarette butts downtown for some time yesterday afternoon.
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Jon, So you believe it is okay for people litter butts in downtown Westport, or anywhere for that matter, based on the premise that maintenance workers will clean after us? Wouldn't you prefer that smokers take a more proactive approach and simply place the butt in a cigarette receptacle if one is nearby? That way the town doesn't suffer, and everyone knows that they did their part!
Jon August 01, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Obviously, if there were receptacles I would put a cig in there, but as it stands there are not. So yes, it is a welcome addition to downtown
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I agree that it is a welcome addition, Jon. The DMA is essentially trying to 'provide the public with an opportunity to keep Main Street clean.' Do you think two more cigarette butt receptacles are enough, or does downtown Westport require more?
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 (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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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