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TerraCycle Likes Recycled Butts

TerraCycle is a company a little like RecycleBank because they have incentivized recycling.  While the ashtray cigarettelatter offers points redeemable for coupons and gift cards for actively participating in curbside recycling or taking green actions the former offers coupons in some instances but mostly ask the recycler to choose a charity to receive a donation.

TerraCycle’s specialty is collecting items that are typically not acceptable by curbside systems like cellphones.  Some of the items they collect are commonly accepted by the local pick-up but if you send them to TerraCycle they will be used to make snazzy upcycled products like backpacks made out of drink pouches. The funky items are sold exclusively at the DwellSmart online store.

They have spearheaded national programs called collection brigades in eleven countries and work closely with corporations to reduce waste.

Now in Canada TerraCycle is accepting cigarette butts. The Cigarette Waste Brigade®  is a new program to prevent used cigarette butts and the associated bits of cigarette garbage like outer plastic packaging and inner foil packaging from sitting in landfills. Terracycle does not accept the empty cardboard carton the cigarettes were packaged in for selling.

Canada like the United States collects an alarming number of littered cigarette butts.  During last year’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 351,238 cigarette butts were collected making them the most prevalent item littered in Canada.  Holding the 11th spot were “Tobacco Packaging/Wrappers” with 19,082 pieces collected and coming in at 12th were “Cigar Tips” at 18,102 collected.

To participate the cigarette butts and wasted collected do have to be mailed to TerraCycle, the same goes for every Brigade managed through the company, but they provide the free shipping label. All a smoker has to do is dump at least three pounds of their cooled ashtray contents into a plastic bag, box it up, and mail it. For each pound mailed in by a home or business 100 points will be awarded or $1.00 to a selected non-profit.

The waste is slated to be recycled into plastic industrial pallets while the paper and leftover tobacco will be composted.

"This is one of the most exciting developments in TerraCycle's history," says Toronto-native and TerraCycle Founder, Tom Szaky. "As a company committed to recycling waste streams that others deem worthless or unsavoury, cigarette waste will help to promote our belief that everything can and should be recycled."

If you are 19 years or older and reside in Canada you can sign up for the brigade; there are still 2,462 spots open. You really don’t even need to be a smoker, you can just be in charge of the collection. TerraCycle suggests an out of the way shoebox.

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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