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NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Cigarette Recycling by TerraCycle

Written by Anne Vazquez. Posted in Environment, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, New Service Spotlight, Recycling, Topics

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Published on February 28, 2013 with No Comments

Facility managers can send cigarette waste to be recycled free of charge by participating in a new program launched by TerraCycle and facilitated by funding from Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. The waste collected through TerraCycle’s Cigarette Waste Brigade will be recycled into a variety of industrial products, such as plastic pallets. Any remaining tobacco will be reworked into tobacco composting.recycling

After signing up for the Cigarette Waste Brigade, facility managers continue as usual to collect cigarette waste in ashtrays and other receptacle as well as through cleanup and maintenance efforts around their sites. Once enough waste is collected, participants can log into their account and print a free, prepaid UPS shipping label to return their box at no cost. The waste should be bagged in a plastic bag—which also get recycled—before being placed in a shipping box.

In addition to cigarette butts (including filters), the program also accepts: loose tobacco pouches; outer plastic packaging; inner foil packaging; rolling paper; and ash. TerraCycle is not accepting the cardboard packaging of a cigarette box.

For each pound of waste collected through the Brigade, $1 is donated to Keep America Beautiful.

About Anne Vazquez

Anne Vazquez

Vazquez has been writing about facility management since 1996 when she began working at Today's Facility Manager (TFM) as the magazine's Editorial Assistant. From 2000 to 2005, she continued to work in publishing in another subject field until rejoining TFM's editorial team as Managing Editor in February 2005. In September 2012, she was promoted to Editor of TFM, where she continues to seek out solutions and trends for the magazine's facility management audience. Vazquez can be reached at

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