The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore launched its Healthy Harbor Initiative six months ago with a goal of making the harbor both swimmable and fishable by 2020. The nonprofit installed 15 recycling receptacles around the Inner Harbor and has collected 55,000 cigarette butts to date.
The nonprofit also teamed up with international recycling company TerraCycle to turn its collected cigarette waste into useful products like compost and shipping pallets.
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A recycling initiative collected 55,000 cigarette butts during its first six months in the Harbor East neighborhood, according to a news release.
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore started the program by installing 15 recycling receptacles and now plans to expand into other areas of the Inner Harbor.
"These large numbers signal the need for even more receptacles in other areas of the waterfront, which we are looking into now," said Eric Souza, the partnership's director of operations. "We hope this simple change can make a big difference for our waterfront community."