JP Shines, O’Malley Team Up to Track and Decrease Cigarette Litter

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Sidewalk Buttler is an app-based cigarette litter receptacle that tracks cigarette recycling.

Starting Tuesday 33 smart cigarette receptacles will be installed in Jamaica Plain as part of an initiative by JP Shines and District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley.

Sidewalk Buttler is an app-based cigarette litter receptacle that tracks cigarette recycling.

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Sidewalk Buttler is an app-based cigarette litter receptacle that tracks cigarette recycling.

Numerous local businesses are funding the Sidewalk Buttler smart cigarette receptacles being installed and maintained by JP Shines volunteers. The first phase of installations will be on Tuesday in front of McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate and Ferris Wheels Bike Shop at 66 and 68 South St. at noon.

Sidewalk Buttler is novel company that utilizes tracking capabilities for cigarette recycling. A custom Android application uses an embedded RFID chip to track totals when each unit is serviced. Also, an embeddable widget allows participating businesses to show statistics of recycled cigarettes on their websites.

“District 6 has consistently been an environmental pioneer in the city of Boston. I applaud JP Shines for finding creative solutions to solving one of the biggest contributors to litter that we see every day on our streets and in our gutters,” said O’Malley, who represents Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, parts of Roxbury and Roslindale and Back of the Hill. “We appreciate the support of the city’s Public Works Department and their continuing efforts to address quality of life issues in the neighborhoods.”

“JP Shines is a litter prevention campaign started by the Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association in April 2013. The campaign covers all of JP and expects this first phase of Sidewalk Buttler receptacles will help reach a higher standard of cleanliness in the neighborhood,” said Michael Reiskind, member of JP Shines.

This pilot initiative continues O'Malley's work with the Clean Boston Task Force, which he began after a public hearing to increase public recycling and reduce litter in 2014. JP Shines is a participating organization with the Clean Boston Task Force.

Interested businesses in Jamaica Plain can contact Michael Reiskind of JP Shines at jpmichael@rcn.com.

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