Here’s another point against smoking – cigarette butts are not biodegradable! Fortunately, some private companies (they have fewer restrictions than our government friends) such as TerraCycle will begin providing free UPS shipping labels — paid for by an unnamed American tobacco company — so people can mail in butts they’ve collected. TerraCycle will turn the butts into plastic pallets for industrial use. Way to reuse something that was once a waste.
Eco-Tech Displays is starting a company, Cigarette Butt Litter Dream Recycling, to transform butts into products such as jewelry, vases and guitar picks. It collects the butts from hundreds of ashtrays that it has placed outside bars and restaurants in New York City, New Jersey and Chicago.
Thanks to USA Today for reporting this story. Collecting cigarette butts and putting them to new use will clean up our outdoor spaces and spark new profits. Don’t under-estimate the power of private companies, they want to do well in the community too; if you want to start on a project in your community see if your local Target or grocery store will help sponsor the project (every little bit helps and you may get more than you ask for). Cheers.