MONTPELIER — A city insider announced the impending arrival of new ‘Sidewalk Buttlers’.
Mike Roylos, of Portland Maine, created the cigarette butt receptacles in 2014, according to an article by Seth Koenig in The Bangor Daily News. Roylos, a restaurant owner, invented them because be was tired of sweeping up cigarette butts from the sidewalk in front of his eatery.
The idea of bringing them to town occurred In a Montpelier Design Review Committee meeting, when Linn Syz, Montpelier Alive board member, “outlined a proposal to install six new cigarette receptacles at identified ‘hotspots’ for cigarette butt littering,” according to an article written by Jessica Neary for The Bridge. Further, the butt receptacles already in place are a nuisance because they fall over and sometimes “burst into flames.”
Now, relief is on its way.
Syz told The Bridge by email that Roylos is “bringing them over from Maine tomorrow afternoon (May 23) and they will be ‘officially’ installed on Thursday at 1 p.m. in front of the Pocket Park on Main Street. Mayor John Hollar will be there to kick it off.”
Funding is coming from a variety of sources, including the volunteer litter-busters called the “Trash Tramps”, Montpelier Senior Activities Center, Central Vermont Solid Waste Disposal and Central Vermont New Directions.