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It's easy and free to participate in the Cigarette Waste Brigade.
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Butts and other cigarette waste can be collected normally in receptacles such as ashtrays. Then, place the waste in any plastic bag - which gets recycled as well- and pack it in a shipping box.
People are often surprised to learn that cigarette butts can be recycled and made into useful items such as flower pots and outdoor furniture. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of individuals and organizations across the country, over 62,000,000* cigarette butts have already been collected for recycling and transformation into something new.
Santa Fe Natural Tobacco has an ongoing partnership with TerraCycle, Inc., a world leader in developing solutions for hard-to-recycle materials, to recycle cigarette waste. Cigarette butts, one of the most littered items in the U.S., can be recycled via the SFNTC-sponsored Cigarette Waste Brigade.®
“You don’t have to walk or drive very far to see that smokers often discard cigarette waste in ways that litter the environment,” says Cressida Lozano, the head of sales and marketing for SFNTC.
TerraCycle CEO and founder Tom Szaky says, “The Cigarette Waste Brigade will provide a solution for the filters that are properly disposed of in an ashtray or can, but today still end up in a landfill.”
A Keep America Beautiful® study found that 65 percent of all cigarette butts are disposed of improperly. Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts are not biodegradable and do not break down quickly. The cigarette waste collection program will make this pervasive waste recyclable for the first time.
In 2014, SFNTC had flower pots created from repurposed cigarette butts, demonstrating our passion for turning “litter into lovely.” The pots were sent out with seeded paper and dirt, so that recipients could easily start growing wildflowers of their own.
The program supports SFNTC’s commitment to maintaining its zero waste-to-landfill status at its manufacturing facility. Pre-consumer packaging waste such as pack and carton paperboard, cellophane and foil is shipped from SFNTC’s manufacturing facility to TerraCycle for recycling.
SFNTC will make a donation to Keep America Beautiful for each pound of waste sent to TerraCycle.
“Our company has been committed to environmental sustainability since we were founded 30 years ago,” Cressida Lozano says. “We’re proud to be the exclusive sponsor of an innovative program to reduce and recycle cigarette butt litter, regardless of which manufacturer made the cigarettes.”
*Based on collections as of August 2016 at TerraCycle.com