Keep New Hanover Beautiful has joined forces with the city of Wilmington, N.C., to tackle cigarette butt waste. To help keep cigarette butts off the streets and out of the waterways, the city has installed 110 cigarette butt disposal canisters. Once the containers are full, volunteers from Keep Hanover Beautiful will mail them to N.Y.-based TerraCycle, which will melt the materials down into hard plastic that can be used to make products like plastic pallets and building materials.
This new program is part of Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, which has seen a 60 percent reduction in cigarette litter in communities that implemented the program in 2016. Some of the other communities participating in the program include Baltimore, Oklahoma City and Atlanta.
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Keep New Hanover Beautiful has partnered with the City of Wilmington in an effort to curb and recycle cigarette waste in the Port City.
The goal of this program is to divert some of this waste away from our waterways, streets and landfill. To this end, the city has installed 110 new cigarette butt disposal canisters in and around Wilmington, aimed to catch the eye of smokers who may normally toss their butts aside.
“When Keep New Hanover Beautiful approached me about the program, I was quite receptive to the idea of redirecting cigarettes from the landfill,” said David Ingram, City of Wilmington Solid Waste Manager.