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Bradford's Kumi Canada butts up with with TerraCycle in cigarette recycling program

TerraCycle, the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams, has joined forces with the Kumi Canada Corporation to collect and recycle the world’s most littered item – cigarette butts. After being shipped to TerraCycle, the waste collected through the program is processed into plastic pellets for use in a variety of recycled products while the remaining tobacco is composted. The ongoing efforts of Kumi Canada Corporation aim to clean up cigarette butts as they relate to coastal water bodies, making the connection of land litter to marine debris. Kumi Canada Corporation strives to create a clean and safe environment. They demonstrate their dedication not only through their involvement in TerraCycle’s Cigarette Recycling Program but also through their community initiative programs such as the Community Garden, the Green Team, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. “Cigarette butts are the type of waste that can accumulate quickly and was always destined for the landfill. When Kumi found that there was a better way of disposal, it became a "no-brainer" that it should go to TerraCycle to be recycled and reused as opposed to just building up and making a negative impact in landfills. This program has had great success and is a conversation topic when suppliers visit our facility,” said Samantha Moffitt, a representative of Kumi Canada Corporation. The Kumi Canada Corporation group has dedicated two smoking areas at the facility that both have cigarette disposal bins. Additionally, they implemented bins for proper disposal of foil and cellophane packaging. Kumi Canada Corporation’s goal is to make disposing of cigarette waste easy and convenient, by adding receptacles in smoking areas smokers have direct access to the program. When processed, the paper and tobacco are separated from the filter and composted. The filter is recycled into plastic pellets which can be used by manufacturers to make a number of products such as shipping pallets, ashtrays, and park benches. TerraCycle has collected hundreds of millions of cigarette butts globally. Additionally, through its various recycling programs, it has engaged over 200 million people across 21 countries to collect and recycle more than eight billion pieces of waste that were otherwise non-recyclable.

No butts about it: BBWC helps to rid Belfast of cigarette litter

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition's environmental efforts include collecting and recycling toxic cigarette butts to reduce pollution in city streets and, ultimately, in Belfast Bay. image.png BELFAST — Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition continues to bring in the butts in its efforts to rid city streets of the world’s most littered item. According to TerraCycle, its partner in the process, BBWC collected 2.15 pounds of cigarette butts in August alone, “which by our calculations amounts to 2,150 butts,” a company spokesperson said. BBWC has teamed up with TerraCycle, a leader in repurposing complex waste streams, to recycle the toxic litter.
The butts come primarily from the 14 “Butt Butler” receptacles BBWC has placed throughout the city of Belfast, making it easy for community members to divert cigarette waste from the community’s streets and ecosystems. This latest shipment to Terracycle is in addition to the 95,400 cigarette butts collected in May, together with other refuse, during the annual Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful cleanup event. BBWC packed and mailed several boxes of the collected butts to TerraCycle the next day. After being shipped to TerraCycle, which is based in New Jersey, the waste collected through the BBWC “Butt Busters” program is processed into plastic pellets for use in a variety of recycled products, including shipping pallets, ashtrays and park benches. The remaining tobacco is composted. “Cigarette butts surround the street drains which carry them directly into the bay, poisoning all living things there,” said Debbie Murphy, a Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition representative. “Also, the unsightliness of the streets with this litter is disgusting.” Cigarette filters are made of a plastic that absorbs nicotine, heavy metals and various chemicals that are the products of smoking tobacco and the additives in a cigarette. Around the world, people litter more than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts every year. Depending on conditions, it can take anywhere from 18 months to 10 years for a cigarette filter to decompose. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is trying to make a dent in the number of cigarette butts left behind across the local ecosystems with its participation in TerraCycle’s cigarette recycling program. BBWC is dedicated to conservation and stewardship of the natural and public resources of the Belfast Bay watershed through its involvement in various informational programs that advocate for protection of the environment. TerraCycle has collected hundreds of millions of cigarette butts globally. Additionally, through its various recycling programs, it has engaged over 202 million people across 20 countries to collect and recycle billions of pieces of waste that were otherwise non-recyclable, all while raising over $44 million dollars for charities.

You Can Recycle Cigarette Butts!

Did you know cigarette butts are not fully biodegradable? But there’s a solution: TerraCycle, the company that strives to find a way to recycle everything, offers a free Cigarette Waste Recycling Program. Just sign up with TerraCycle, collect the waste, and ship it to them for recycling.   When tossed on the street, the beach, or wherever they fall, cigarette butts take 18 months to 10 years to break down. Discarded butts leach chemicals and heavy metals, the same things that kill smokers, into the environment. They often wash down the street gutters, polluting our waterways and harming fish and other wildlife. Recycling cigarette butts is an important way to clean up after ourselves. It is good for the neighborhood or beach, and good for the planet.   Are you a smoker, or do you live or work with smokers? Or perhaps you’re one of our heroes who pick up cigarette butts from the beaches, parks, or neighborhood streets. Whatever your relationship with cigarettes, TerraCycle’s program is good news for those concerned with the waste they create.  

What TerraCycle Accepts

  The TerraCycle Cigarette Waste Recycling Program accepts extinguished cigarettes, cigarette filters, loose tobacco pouches, outer plastic packaging, inner foil packaging, rolling paper, and ash. To ensure proper recycling, don’t send any other waste with these materials. If you have paperboard packaging, recycle it through your local recycling program.   The service is free but you must provide your own containers. If you are a business or just want a convenient solution for packaging and shipping cigarette waste, TerraCycle also offers a variety of cigarette Zero Waste containers that include pre-paid shipping labels.   Do you have a business or community location where you’d like to collect butts? You can purchase fire-safe aluminum cigarette waste receptacles to install in high-traffic areas.    

Tips for Successful Recycling

  Make sure cigarettes are fully extinguished before you collect them.   Store the waste in a re-sealable plastic bag, disposable plastic container, plastic shopping bag, or garbage bag.   When ready to ship, secure the containers to seal in the odor and ash. Take the time to package carefully because it suppresses the odor for you and the people who handle it in transit.   Download a shipping label from TerraCycle, place your full containers in a sturdy box, and ship it to TerraCycle.  

How Are Cigarettes Recycled?

  With funding from Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, the cigarette waste that you collect gets recycled into a variety of industrial products, such as plastic pallets. Check out this infographic from TerraCycle that explains the process.     Learn more about the Cigarette Waste Recycling Program, or explore other free TerraCycle Recycling Programs.  

It’s Past Time to Start “Talking Trash!”

Ruminations From the Rock and Beyond | May 27, 2021 Jory Westberry I’m doing a lot more walking now that we have a new rescue pup and am appalled at the number of cigarette butts along the sidewalks and roadsides and on the ground in parks and playgrounds. Not to mention our beaches! Do you really think that putting your tainted, crusty butt in the sand to dispose of it makes it go away? Hardly, another family with little children will unearth it and the mom or dad will scream, “Don’t touch that”, or the butt will ride the currents for years, or some species will decide it’s food and swallow it.   While waiting at the intersection for your light to turn green, an arm stretches out from the car in front of you, cocks and uncocks two fingers and flicks the nasty cigarette butt out of the pristine car s/he is driving, even as the smoke clears. As though no one notices? More than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered world-wide each year. One of the most disgusting annoyances is, again, found while waiting at the red light. Because you’re alert for the light to change, you notice the driver ahead of you carefully take his or her ashtray out of the car, so as not to litter in the car for Pete’s sake, and promptly dump the contents in the roadway, leaving a pile of filthy, nicotine-stained butts on the macadam to eventually find their way into the pristine waters that surround us in Southwest Florida. In a short time, you would be home or near a garbage can without polluting.   Okay, I get it that some newer cars don’t have ashtrays, but that’s no excuse to throw a lit or dead butt out of the window. Get a portable ashtray, they make them, and dump the butts in your own trash. Twice, I’ve called 911 about fires in the medians of Airport-Pulling Rd and Collier Blvd as a result of a discarded butt that’s still lit and hot. It takes up to ten minutes for a butt to die out and if it lands on something flammable, as has happened here, devastation could result.   But wait, there’s more. It’s illegal and has the same penalty as if you dropped a bigger piece of litter – it’s litter, no matter what the size is. They’re found outside stores and restaurants in record numbers, parking lots and take-out lines. Is it too much of a strain to put it out and drop it in one of the many trash cans available for litter? It would take seconds to step on it to ensure the butt is out cold and then place it in the receptacle there for that purpose.   We often hear about the plastics that are choking our waterways, beaches, and killing our sea life and birds. BUT, the real culprit in the pollution category is cigarette butts, which amount to over 200 tons of litter per year. I hope you are as stunned as I was to read this. And, cigarette butts are almost indestructible, in fact, it takes years for a cigarette butt to disintegrate and even after years, the plastic in the butt remains. And all the while the chemicals, like arsenic and lead elements, seep into our water systems. Many of the facts in this paragraph came from Truth Initiative, which you can search for at (truthinitiative.org) and find many related facts about emerging smokeless tobacco products, including pouches that can be concealed in the mouth, designed with flavors to appeal to our youth. There are innovative companies trying to alleviate the amount of plastics that find their way into our landfills and waterways. I recently found some attractive jeans that were made from recycled plastic bottles so decided to try them. Not only do they fit well, they wash and dry beautifully with little shrinkage. My self-satisfied grin about this discovery was reinforced by doing something proactive to help our environment. There are other strategies of course, like recycling, instead of adding them to the landfill. Plastics are being recycled into many useful products, given the opportunity.   Innovative companies are also trying to alleviate the tons of cigarette butts by also making them recyclable. Into what, you might ask. Who would want anything made out of a dirty old cigarette butt? There’s a company called TerraCycle that has developed innovative ways of recycling “hard-to-recycle items,” according to Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle, “from diapers to coffee pods to cigarette butts.” “With the recycled materials, they make new products including ashtrays, shipping pallets and plastic lumber for building usage. Organizations can place Cigarette Butt Receptacles in high-traffic areas, collect the waste and ship it to TerraCycle for recycling unto usable material.” (waste360.com).   Don’t you think that it’s time to get off our “butts” and clean up our Earth?  

Guest Blog: New Year, New Ways to be Green

Loop Blog - A Greener Future-v1-ca_2 (1).jpg Canada hit a milestone last year with its single-use plastics ban, the government announcing it would ban items, such as plastic cutlery and cotton-swab sticks, that often end up littered in waterways. This is one sign people in this country are increasingly thinking about the things they buy as having a direct impact on the planet, and companies and governments are responding accordingly. Reflection is essential to finding the best ways to move forward. This is true of business, and also in evaluating the way we live our day-to-day lives. What did we learn in 2019 that we can use to be less wasteful, more conscious in the way we shop, and make a positive impact on the planet and people around us in 2020? Now is the time for you as individuals, businesses, and communities to make your voice heard and vote with your dollar for a greener future. A current “at best” estimate for plastics recycled in Canada holding at only 10% is just one reason to make a change, but there are so many ways you can make a difference this year.

Plan ahead

There is no such thing as waste—only misplaced resources! Using our time and energy in ways that allow us to better track the things we buy, own, use, and discard ensures we get the most out of our products with more than one use. A simple way to tighten the cycle starts before you even arrive at the store. How many times have you shopped without a reusable bag? It is something we have all forgotten at one time or another. An easy resolution solution is to keep a bag (or two) in the car, at work, hanging by your door. That way, should you forget your tote in one place, you’re covered in another. Planning for what you intend to buy is even more important. Using food and beverage as an example, overbuying takes items from checkout to the trash when they could have been consumed by someone else! Create a list and map out meals for the week; impulse buying will reduce trash, and you’ll save money. This type of planning also saves you time, which this year you can dedicate to events and causes committed to the environment. A Greener Future’s own event, The Butt Blitz, is held annually in the spring for volunteers to pick up cigarette litter at local events to send to TerraCycle for recycling. Put it in your calendar; in 2019, the events yielded over 285,000 butts for over 1 million pieces removed from ecosystems across the country since their launch.

Buy durable

With the holidays still top-of-mind, think: How mindful and thoughtful were you with your shopping? Did you think about the person and how this object might have an impact on their lives, or allow them to make an impact? A durable water bottle, for example, eliminates 1,460 single-use plastic bottles per year. Even if you have “difficult” people to shop for, giving the gift of durability is one everyone will appreciate. Durable items “cycle” around in our lives because they can be used again and again, where single-use items made to be disposable are only used once. The metal eating utensils and ceramic plates we have at home stick around longer than the plastic ones that come with our fast food, and reusable rags can be washed while paper gets thrown away. TerraCycle teams up with sustainable brands to recycle municipally non-recyclable products and packaging so they continue to cycle and eliminate waste. In following our mission, we incubated Loop, a new circular shopping platform offering favourite brands in refillable packaging. It will launch in Canada May 2020 and you can reserve your spot in line here. With founding retail partner Loblaws, the country’s leading food and pharmacy leader, Loop will deliver food, beverages, and other household items from trusted brands in containers made with metal alloys, durable glass, and engineered plastics to your door in the iconic Loop Tote.

Bring Your Own (Or, Bring Someone Else’s)

Buying durable ties into planning ahead, as does the concept of BYO. This acronym is typically is associated with BYOB (beverage, beer, or bottle), but having the foresight to bring your own durables to your next party, restaurant outing, or house visit has the potential to cut back on the single-use items you consume this year. If you plan to eat out and know the positions may be large, bring a reusable container that won’t send another Styrofoam, aluminum, or waxed paper box into the trash. Keep a set of zero waste utensils and cloth napkins in your car for food truck festivals and other impromptu eating opportunities, and again, the simple act of toting a reusable water bottle and bag does away with thousands of pieces used once and thrown away. So much of what we do is for the sake of increasing our access to goods and services, which is why we use single-use plastic, buy new instead of borrowing, and take our cars everywhere instead of the bus. But in 2020, there are a number of platforms that have matured from infant disruptors into full-on mainstays you can use to not only live greener, but make life easier. Borrowing, sharing, repairing, and reuse age old-concepts that have been re-mainstreamed with reselling platforms like eBay and ThredUP, and Amazon also connects buyers to perfectly good secondhand items. AirBnb, VRBO, and Homeaway personalized the lodgings market, Lyft and carsharing apps ZipCar and Car-to-Go made not driving a car cool, and Rent the Runway has created access to high-value, designer digs the average consumer wouldn’t have at retail. ___ Using mismatched glassware as vases, upcycling empty plastic bottles into planters, and tending to a compost heap in your backyard are other projects you can take on in 2020. But the thing about reflection as a means to move forward is that it allows you to look at yourself in the present day and figure out what you can do, right now, to make a change. TerraCycle is here to help you continue to eliminate waste in your life in 2020. If you have questions about how to make changes work for you, the answers will always come down to one simple thing: consume differently. Through this lens, creating a greener future can be easier and more sustainable than you think.    

Cigarette Butt Receptacles To Be Installed In Port Washington

Cigarette butt receptacles will be installed in key areas of Port Washington as part of a recycling program geared towards keeping cigarette butts off the streets and out of waterways, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and local advocacy group Residents Forward announced Thursday via a press release. The would-be pollution from the cigarette butts will be recycled instead. A team from a local business, Spectrum Designs, will empty the receptacles and transfer the waste to TerraCycle. They will then separate and melt the cigarette butts into hard plastic to be remolded for use in new products.