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The Kamloops Central Business Association continues its “Butt Out” cigarette recycling initiative.

Since 2017, this project has successfully reduced waste on the streets and helping out the environment with each cigarette recycle. The boxes are scattered throughout the 200 to 400 block area and maintained by the local CAP Team.
The program ships the cigarettes for free to a Vancouver facility called TerraCycle, which recycles them entirely. TerraCycle then exchanges the cigarette butts for money that further funds other sustainability initiatives in Kamloops.

Each year, billions of cigarette butts enter dumpsters and landfills.

Shorelines, parks, and sidewalks are littered with cigarette butts across Canada! The cigarette recycling program is a growing initiative in which potential waste is transformed into various industrial products – such as plastic pallets. At the same time, any remaining tobacco is recycled as compost. The goal of this partnership is to clean up the downtown core while lowering our contribution to landfills.

There has been a lot of positive feedback in regards to this program.

Business owners are pleased by the program, as it saves them from sweeping up cigarette butts off their property. Locals using the “Butt Out” locations can sleep a little better knowing they are doing something positive for the environment. Small acts add up to an enormous difference when we all work together to create change! The more people use these stations, the more likely it is that this project will expand to more downtown areas.

Any damaged boxes or containers weathered by the winter have recently been replaced and repaired. As such, the project is still going strong! We at the KCBIA support this sustainability initiative and hope to see the public take advantage of the opportunity to protect our environment.

Notice a full container? Call the CAP Team, and they will promptly empty it for further use. The CAP Team is always happy to help!

For more information on the program, feel free to check out TerraCycle’s website through this link.

 

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