Five winners announced in City of Roanoke’s Clean Streets Jingle Competition

Roanoke Valley News

FILE – This March 28, 2019 photo shows cigarette butts in an ashtray in New York. On Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Multiple Roanoke agencies and organizations have announced the winners of the Clean Streets Jingle Competition.

The City of Roanoke’s Stormwater Utility, Clean Valley Council, Downtown Roanoke Inc., the Roanoke Arts Commission, Keep Virginia Beautiful, and the Solid Waste Management Division revealed the five winning jingles Thursday afternoon at this year’s virtual Earth Day celebration.

The winners are:

  • “Get Your Butt up off of the Ground” by Arthur Davies
  • “Yippee” by The Farmer Family Band
  • “Don’t be an A** with your Butt” by Gwen Mason
  • “Garbage in the Water” by Caroline Moledor
  •  “Don’t be a Klutz” by Sherrene Roxanne Wells

Two additional jingles were given an honorable mention: 

  • “Butts Stink” by Laurel Original
  • “Our Hometown” by Jay Burnett

A stakeholder and artist panel judged 15 entries for artistic merit, originality, catchiness, message clarity, creative rhyming, and spirit.

Each winner will receive a $100 Downtown Roanoke gift card and have the opportunity for their jingle to be played in public spaces of Center in the Square and the City Market Building. All other contestants will receive a $25 gift card as well as gifts from sponsoring organizations.

Hear all the jingles and learn about their creators at this link.

According to the City of Roanoke’s Stormwater Utility, cigarette butts are one of the most commonly littered items in the United States. At storm drains, roughly 32% of litter consists of tobacco products. Cigarette butts contain chemicals that leach into the environment and impact aquatic and plant life.

To reduce cigarette butt littering, new cigarette butt receptacles will be placed downtown with help from the Clean Valley Council.

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