Cigarette Butts (filters) are made of plastic, cellulose acetate to be exact. They are the #1 item collected in beach cleanups worldwide. Small tiny filters jam packed with carcinogens and other inorganic chemicals that could take thousands of years to degrade.
Vancouver, on a mission to become the world's greenest city by 2020, launched a “cigarette butt collection and recycling program” unlike anywhere in the world.
There are slim bins on the sides of buildings where people can deposit their butt, it will be collected, and recycled by not-for-profit recycling center, United We Can, into various industrial applications, such as shipping pallets. U.S.-based company, TerraCycle Inc., is to cover most of the pilot program costs and will pay United We Can about $5 for every pound of butts collected, when dried.
Save the Mermaids sends our beach cleanup data to Sacramento to help Assemblyman Das Williams extend "producer responsibility" to cigarette manufacturers.