he City of Whitefish received a $1,000 grant from "Keep America Beautiful" to keep cigarette butts off the streets.

The grant will help purchase cigarette receptacles around town and also purchase portable ash trays for smokers.

As a part of the grant, two city volunteers will take to the streets and actually count the number of cigarette butts found laying around.

City Manager Chuck Stearns said receptacles are just the first step in keeping Whitefish cleaner.

"As you walk around downtown Whitefish especially and I'm sure other places, I've just always noticed a lot of trash getting thrown around. This is just one aspect of the litter, but this would probably be part of a campaign to reduce litter," he said.

The city will do an evaluation of the heaviest littered places around town and then place the receptacles in those areas.

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