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Autoport Automotive Supervisor Ayumi Aoki unpacks the new combination car litter bags/coupons at Yokosuka Naval Base. More than 6,000 bags will be handed out at Yokosuka, Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Sasebo Naval Base as a way to cut down on base garbage.

Autoport Automotive Supervisor Ayumi Aoki unpacks the new combination car litter bags/coupons at Yokosuka Naval Base. More than 6,000 bags will be handed out at Yokosuka, Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Sasebo Naval Base as a way to cut down on base garbage. (Allison Batdorff / S&S)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Jerry McMahan calls it a “culture of cleanliness.”

The Navy Exchange operations service manager devotes a full-time employee to picking up trash around Yokosuka’s NEX. For him, a culture of cleanliness means grabbing up discarded garbage and generally canning litterbug behavior.

“You might pass someone drinking out of a cup and the next time you pass, the cup is still there but the person isn’t,” McMahan said. “Or somebody throws something out the car window. We have a litter problem on base. There’s a lot of garbage around.”

McMahan hopes that $6,000 and 6,000 garbage bags will inspire potential litterers to toss trash in the right place as part of a “Keep Our Base Clean” campaign.

Every time a car is serviced at a Navy Exchange Autoport at Yokosuka Naval Base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi or Sasebo Naval Base, the owner will drive away with a small garbage bag bearing a removable $1-off coupon redeemable for any Autoport purchase.

The giveaway started in Yokosuka last week, McMahan said, and was to begin at the other bases once the bags were delivered.

“There is a lot of emphasis on base beautification these days,” McMahan said. “Autoport Manager Thomas Givens, NEX retail manager Rusti Rausch and I thought this would be a good way to help out.”

So far, people seem happy with the program, said Ayumi Aoki, Autoport Automotive Services supervisor.

“Almost everyone says this is a good thing for the base,” Aoki said. “The coupon might be just a dollar, but it seems to make people happy.”

After the first 6,000 bags are gone, McMahan will re-evaluate the campaign, he said.

“We want people to think about what they do,” McMahan said.

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