'No Butts Left Behind' campaign kicks off in Shafter, Calif.

No Butts Left Behind is a project designed to raise community awareness about cigarette butts littering and it's impact in the environment we live, work, and play in.

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, said Heike Duran.

It is estimated that 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year, Duran said.

Cigarette filters are not bio-degradable.

Clusters of cigarette butts are frequently seen on streets, sidewalks, beaches, and other public places.

With the help of 35 Shafter High School students, Community Action of Kern Shafter Youth center and several people in the Shafter community have joined together at Mannel Park in Shafter collecting cigarette butts left behind.

The students received video training and safety rules while collecting cigarette butts, wearing gloves, masks, and to be aware if sharp objects etc. wearing their gloves and masks, equipped with plastic bags, eight teams started collecting.

Duran said that last year they collected 449 cigarette butts and this year they doubled that number; collecting a staggering 754 cigarette butts.

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