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RECYCLING CIGARETTE BUTTS

Butt recycling campaign shut down by the Tobacco Industry

Since Clean Up Day began cigarette butts have been the single most reported item removed by volunteers.

This is not good enough - our wonderful streets, parks, beaches, bushland and waterways are not a giant ashtray.

Butt littering is a national shame and Clean Up supports fining irresponsible smokers.

In 2014 we were proud to support a partnership with recycler Terracycle and Australia  Post, under which you could recycle your butts by placing them in an Australia Post free-post satchel and popping them into the mail. 

Over the two years of that scheme around 10.5million butts were captured.

Unfortunately  the Australian Tobacco Industry withdrew its funding of the initiative effective 31 December 2015.

Terracycle now offers butt recycling via waste collection boxes which can be purchased directly from them.

If you see someone flicking a cigarette butt out the window, you can report it with EPA app  (every state, excepted South Australia)
Butts are in every way litter, cause fires and can take up to 20 years to breakdown.
Fines up to $2,000 can apply.

 

 
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