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Cigarette Butts Recycling Scheme In U.K. to Cut Litter

Cigarette butts are to be recycled into new plastic products under a scheme that aims to cut litter and landfill, it has been announced.

Smoking related rubbish is the most common form of litter, found at almost three-quarters (73%) of sites surveyed by anti-litter campaigners, and making up more than a third (35%) of the items of waste that have been dropped.

The new initiative will allow smokers to prevent some of the billions of non-biodegradable butts and other cigarette waste which go into the bin from ending up in landfill or as litter, the recycling company behind the scheme TerraCycle said.

The "Cigarette Waste Brigade" allows groups, workplaces, councils and individual adults to collect butts, ash, used and unused filters, rolling paper, inner foil packaging and outer plastic packaging and send them for recycling using free shipping labels.

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