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Cigarette butts comprise the largest single item of litter in America.

Annually, worldwide cigarette butt litter amounts to 1.69 billion pounds.

TerraCycle Inc., a company dedicated to stopping waste from reaching landfill sites, has teamed up with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. to create an alternative way to harness cigarette butt litter.

The tobacco company will sponsor TerraCycle’s Cigarette Waste Brigade. Individuals and groups sign up to collect cigarette waste, print a prepaid shipping label, and then mail the cigarettes to TerraCycle. The waste will then be turned into new products such as shipping pallets, railroad ties, plastic lumber, and ash trays.

The program is aimed to target cigarette waste in two ways. First, it will take aim at cigarette waste that already litters the environment by working with anti-litter groups and beach clean-up efforts. Those people are already collecting trash and disposing of it in landfills. Second, the program will work with larger facilities like shopping malls, office parks, bars and other places where cigarettes are consumed in large numbers and responsibly discarded.

Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts are not biodegradable.

Cigarette butt waste is a huge environmental issue, with a global impact that it is both unsightly and unhealthy. Cigarette filters are made from cellulose acetate, a plastic that can break into smaller pieces, but will never biodegrade or disappear.

TerraCycle’s program to repurpose the butts into shipping pallets, railroad ties, plastic lumber, and ash trays is revolutionary, as before there was no known way of riding our streets of this awful scourge.

For every item recycled at TerraCycle particpants receive points that will go towards any purchase of their products from their site. TerraCycle is making the program available for anyone 21 years or older to recycle the waste by mail.


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