TerraCycle’s Cigarette Butt Recycling Program

Recycle Your Butts Here

Recycle cigarette butts?! Sure! With the help of community partners we recently installed 6 cigarette butt recycling bins on Flagler Avenue Boardwalk. Our crew will be responsible for maintaining the bins and collecting the butts to send to TerraCycle to be recycled. TerraCycle will compost the tobacco and cigarette paper and recycle the cigarette filters into plastic pellets that will then be used to make plastic wood products for park benches and other items. What’s the point? Cigarette butts are the number one most littered item in the world. Most all cigarette filters are made from cellulose acetate, a plastic, and are not biodegradable. Cigarette butts leach toxins into our waters and are harmful to seabirds, fish, and other wildlife. Our hope is that this project is novelty enough to catch attention, open up some conversation, and lessen the amount of cigarette butts left on our beach and boardwalk. Check out our upcoming blog posts for further information and updates.