EarthSavers Crew Participates in Tobacco Cleanup Contest on Spoil Island
September 15, 2018

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. — Local students in the EarthSavers Crew conducted a cleanup on Spoil Island September 15 as part of the International Waterway Cleanup.  As part of the cleanup, they participated in a tobacco trash contest, with prizes for the students who found the most tobacco related litter.

Cigarettes make up more than one-third—nearly 38 percent—of all collected litter. The most littered item on earth, about 4.5 trillion cigarettes are littered worldwide each year.

Littered cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals—such as arsenic (used to kill rats) and lead, to name a few—into the environment and can contaminate water. The toxic exposure can poison fish, as well as animals who eat cigarette butts.  The plastic fibers in cigarettes are non-biodegradable, meaning they won't organically break down from living organisms.

The EarthSavers Crew was first formed in the Fall of 2007 for middle and high school students interested in environmental science.  The Crew organizes and participates in a variety of community service projects that benefit the environment and the Environmental Studies Council.  They meet monthly and are run by Volunteer Coordinators Nicole Weiler VanderWerf & Samantha Robertson.

Three groups who collected the most tobacco related litter were prized with gift cards for their efforts.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy and changes in local tobacco policies.  The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County reflects the goals of the CDC Best Practices, especially in regards to changes in local tobacco policies to create and promote tobacco-free social norms.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is facilitated by the QuitDoc Foundation.  Learn more at  To learn more about the partnership or to get involved, visit