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Results from the Butt Kickers Bounty

Release Date: May 18, 2015

Megan Duffey Moeller
Storm Water Educator
City of Rochester, Public Works Department
201 4th Street SE, Room 108

The “Butt Kickers!” of John Adams picked up 26,528 cigarette butts in Downtown Rochester on 5/15/2015

Do some areas of Downtown Rochester look a little bit cleaner this morning? The “Butt Kickers” of John Adams Middle School were out picking up cigarette butts on Friday and they have quite the bounty to show for their efforts.

The “Butt Kickers” were in action for 6 hours and picked up 26,528 butts from their approximately 1.5 mile route. The combined efforts of the four “Butt Kicking” events have resulted in a total of 94,304 cigarette butts being removed from the environment.

Year Cigarette Butts Collected

Route Length (Miles)

2012 24,811 1.5 
2013 19,959 1.5
2014 23,006 1.5
2015 26,528 1.5 


The Rochester Downtown Alliance, Mayor Ardell Brede, Rochester Park and Recreation offered a bounty on cigarette butts picked-up. Friday’s efforts by the earned $1500 that will go to the John Adam’s Science Alive Lab!

For more information on this initiative contact:

Deb Las, John Adams Science Teacher at 507-328-5700 or
Jenna Bowman of the Rochester Downtown Alliance at 507-424-5677 or

Megan Duffey Moeller with A Litter Bit Better at 507-328-2440 or