Recycle your butt

Vancouver launches cigarette-butt recycling program

The Canadian city of Vancouver has implemented the world’s first cigarette-butt recycling program.

New Jersey-based global recycling company TerraCycle installed 110 receptacles bearing stickers reading “Recycle Your Butts Here” for the pilot project, which is expected to last four to five months, according to Canada’s Metro News. The butts will be collected and shipped to TerraCycle to be processed into industrial plastics.

TerraCycle is funding the pilot project. “Vancouver was the first city [to do this], so we wanted to invest in it to make it happen,” said TerraCycle founder Tom Szaky, adding that two major American cities are considering following suit.

One thousand additional cigarette-butt receptacles will be installed in high-density areas following the completion of the pilot project.