Taking out the butts

Newnan is fortunate to have a large contingent of volunteers and dedicated city staff serving on countless boards and organizations to better our city.

One of those is the Keep Newnan Beautiful board, which has worked hard to keep our city as its name implies. We have a great downtown area and we want the square to keep its charm. But trash has a way of messing that up.

Keep Newnan Beautiful’s latest endeavor is the installation of four ash receptacles around the downtown square for those pesky cigarette butts. It’s one of those “why didn’t we think of that before” ideas.

About waist high, (okay, depending on your height) the receptacles look like a small cousin of R2D2 from “Star Wars.” In other words, they are unobtrusive, and get the job done.

We went by to check them out and had a brilliant idea. Basically, why stop there? Let’s go full throttle on these.

We all remember the painted horses that surrounded the square a while back. It brought in lots of visitors from all over. It was a great marketing tool and it was fun to watch kids get up on them for those photo ops.

Why not do something like that with the trash receptacles? Let’s get businesses to adopt them, paint them, and have some fun. We’d also like to see the committee think forward and upgrade the little R2D2s.

Remember those old coin slot boxes where you’d put a coin in a slot and a little hand would come out and grab it? How about doing that with the cigarette containers? Put your butt on there and a little hand comes out and grabs it.

Kids will go wild watching that. And, to keep the kids from ever getting into the habit, a voice from within the box could give them a lecture on the dangers of smoking. Let’s not stop there. We need to upgrade with some lasers so the containers can zap anyone caught dumping butts or other trash around downtown. The devices are strategically placed at the four corners of the square; we’re sure there’s ample coverage.

At night, have them set up for cool laser shows. People will come from all over to watch that, and hopefully, shop at the downtown stores.

It’s just a thought, but we have a great downtown. Let’s all do our part to keep the beautiful in Newnan. Those little R2D2s are a great start.



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