July 1, 2011

Can Cigarette Butts Be Recycled?

Matt Skenazy, Miller-McCune


Nearly 2 billion pounds of trash is thrown on the ground every year in the form of cigarette butts — 4.5 trillion cigarette butts, composed largely of filters made from cellulose acetate, a non-biodegradable plastic. But what if all these cigarette butts had a value? What if you could trade them in for cash? Would they then disappear from streets, beaches and parks?

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TAGGED: Recycling, Cigarettes