As you already know, your parking lot is the first thing that people see when they arrive at your place of business. This means that you want to make a good impression when people first pull in, which can be tough to do if your parking lot is dirty. Unfortunately, you might deal with litter that can make your parking lot look less than fresh, clean and professional, including cigarette butts. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help prevent cigarette butts from accumulating in your parking area.
Clean it Regularly
Cleaning your parking lot regularly or hiring a street sweeper to come out and do it is important. Not only will this help prevent the cigarette butts from piling up, but it can prevent people from tossing them out in the first place. If a smoker sees cigarette butts all over your parking lot, he or she might not think much about tossing yet another cigarette butt on the ground. Responsible smokers, on the other hand, may be a lot less likely to toss out a cigarette butt if they don't see others in your parking area. Contact a sweeping business, such as Armstrong Sweeping Inc/ASI, for more information.
Make Ashtrays Convenient
If an ashtray is convenient, there is a good chance that a smoker will use it rather than tossing their cigarette butt on the ground. Make sure that you have ashtrays near any benches or other seating, near the entrances to your building and in other convenient areas outside of your business. Make sure that they are sufficiently sized for the number of people who frequent your business, and make sure that they are easy to see and access to encourage use.
Remind people that littering in your parking area is unacceptable by posting signs. You can even have signs custom-made and can add a blurb about cigarette butts. Many people do not even think about the fact that tossing out cigarette butts is littering, but reminding them that it is and that you would prefer that they not do it on your property can help.
As you can see, you do not have to sit and deal with people tossing cigarette butts in your parking lot without doing anything about it. If you want to keep your parking lot looking great by preventing littering -- even of something as small and simple as cigarette butts -- following these three tips can help.