Over one million cigarette butts have been collected by consumers, anti-litter groups and businesses since the launch of global recycling company TerraCycle's Cigarette Waste Brigade on Clean Up Australia Day in March this year, making Australia's second most littered item recyclable for the first time in the country.
TerraCycle’s innovative recycling program called the Cigarette Waste Brigade allows any group, workplace or individual over the age of 18 to sign up and collect cigarette waste at home or work, and send it to TerraCycle via Australia Post at no cost. Cigarette waste is recycled into industrial products such as plastic shipping pallets and railway sleepers.
"The community response and recycling effort has been fantastic. Thanks to our Cigarette Waste Brigade locations across the country and our partnership with Australia Post, we have reached this milestone achievement of one million cigarette butts being collected so far this year,” said Anna Minns, General Manager, TerraCycle Australia.
"At TerraCycle we recycle "difficult to recycle" waste, deemed unsavoury or challenging. For every piece of waste collected, TerraCycle will donate two cents to the community group or charity of the collector’s choice."
"TerraCycle Brigades are an effective way to educate and engage people around resource conservation and sustainability. Our programs are a great way for individuals, workplaces and community groups to get involved in recycling, saving waste from landfill and raising money for local charities."
TerraCycle Australia also collects other difficult to recycle waste streams, working with major brands: Colgate to recycle used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and other oral care waste, Natures Organics to recycle used cleaning, laundry and beauty packaging waste, and with Nespresso to expand their recycling program for their coffee capsules.