Terracycle recycles cigarette waste into plastic pallets and any tobacco is recycled into tobacco compost. Terracycle collects the butts by having people sign up to join the Cigarette Waste Brigade. As a member of the Brigade people collect; all parts of extinguished cigarettes, cigarette filters, partial cigarettes, cigar stubs, outer plastic packaging, inner foil packaging, rolling paper and the ashes. Once you have collected over three pounds of waste you go online to your account and request a prepaid UPS shipping label. Then contact your local UPS to arrange pick up of the package.
For every pound of waste collected Terracycle will award 100 points to your account. When you collect 1000 points Terracycle will send a $10.00 cheque to the charity of your choice.
To learn more about this program you can go to www.terracycle.ca.
This article was first published in the December 2013 edition of Rhythm and News.