PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Wearing a suit and tie, ten "buttlers" are all dressed up, ready to do a dirty job on Portland's city streets.
Buttlers are dispensers just for cigarette butts, hanging on street poles near Portland's Monument Square.
Spartan Grill owner Mike Roylos is putting them up to curb the problem of littering butts on sidewalks and streets.
"If you give people an alternative, give them a reason to do it, they'll want to do it," said Roylos.
Roylos says trashcans with ash trays and a city ordinance to fine cigarette littering aren't doing the job.
He thinks hanging the buttlers where people often smoke will make it more convenient to throw them away.
The butts will sit in the dispenser, and can be easily emptied and taken to a recycling center.
The project is still in a proof of concept phase, and Roylos is awaiting city approval to begin to create and distribute more.
He hopes to turn it into an adoption program where people or businesses can pay for a buttler, receive ad space on the dispenser, and help the program grow.
You can find more information at adoptabuttler.com.