Accepted items: Rolling paper, ash, cigarette filters, all parts of extinguished cigarettes, cigar stubs, outer plastic packaging, inner foil packaging
Not accepted: Cardboard packaging, cigarette boxes

 

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Collect with small Zero Waste Bags

Recycle cigarette butts by using our small Zero Waste Bag. Make sure to check off the “Cigarette butts” checkbox on the front of the Zero Waste Bag. When the Zero Waste Bag is full, seal it, then scan the QR code or log in to your account to schedule a pickup. Place the Zero Waste Bag in your collection bin or at your doorstep, and we’ll pick it up at the scheduled time.

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How we recycle

When we receive your Zero Waste Bag, we check it in and sort out anything that isn't accepted waste.

When we receive your Zero Waste Bag, we check it in and sort out anything that isn't accepted waste.

The cigarette butts are shredded, and the materials are separated into categories based on processing requirements.

The cigarette butts are shredded, and the materials are separated into categories based on processing requirements.

The tobacco and paper are dried and composted.

The tobacco and paper are dried and composted.

The filters are cleaned, processed, and used to make new plastic products, including <a href="/pages/community">items that will benefit your local community</a>.

The filters are cleaned, processed, and used to make new plastic products, including items that will benefit your local community.

 

Learn more about how we recycle cigarette butts ⬇

Each Zero Waste Bag is opened upon receipt and visually inspected for any non-compliant materials, then consolidated for processing in bulk. 

Materials are shredded and screened to separate tobacco, paper, and cellulose acetate. Filters are then cleaned in temperature-regulated water baths with agitation and surfactants to remove residual ash and other contaminants. 

Separated tobacco and paper are dried, bulked, and composted. The cellulose acetate filters are size-reduced and sold as densified recycled plastic for use in manufacturing applications.

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