Recycle cigarette waste through this program.
Please see the image below for examples of waste that are accepted through this recycling program. You may download this image as a useful poster by clicking here.
Cigarette Waste Recycling accepted waste:
Please note: We DO NOT accept the paperboard packaging of a cigarette box. Instead, you may recycle these through your municipal recycling program.
It is important to pick an appropriate container to store your collected waste. To avoid odors, it would be best to collect your waste in an airtight container or by using an odor resistant/scented bag. Additionally, using odor absorbing substances such as baking soda or charcoal briquettes can help reduce odor if you put them in your waste container. When discarding your cigarettes, make sure you remove as much of the residual tobacco as possible, as the tobacco is the main source of odor. Lastly, make sure your waste is as dry as possible because moisture increases odor.
No, larger shipments are more eco-friendly, but your shipment can be any size.
For every pound of cigarette waste collected, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, the sponsor of the Cigarette Waste Recycling Program, donates $1.00 towards the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.
To collect and ship for the Cigarette Waste Recycling Program from home, simply empty the contents of your ash tray into a re-sealable plastic bag, disposable plastic container, plastic shopping bag, or garbage bag. Please make sure that the cigarettes are fully extinguished. Do not dump your cigarette waste directly into the shipping box and do not use paper bags or envelopes to collect your waste. Ship your collections to TerraCycle by downloading a free shipping label from your TerraCycle account. Ship the box to TerraCycle by affixing the free shipping label and dropping it off at a UPS location.
To collect and ship for the Cigarette Waste Recycling Programs at your office or business establishment, empty the contents of your ash receptacle into a sturdy trash bag or thick garbage liner. Please make sure that the cigarettes are fully extinguished. Do not dump your cigarette waste directly into the shipping box and do not use paper bags to collect your waste. Ship your collections to TerraCycle by downloading a free shipping label from your TerraCycle account. Ship the box to TerraCycle by affixing the free shipping label and dropping it off at a UPS location.
No, you do not need to clean the waste before sending it in to TerraCycle. However, please remove as much of the remaining product as possible and please make sure your cigarettes are completely extinguished before shipping. And please remember, UPS will not accept dripping packages, so make sure your waste is dry prior to shipping.
To encourage more adult smokers to recycle with you, try using some of the resources specific to this program:
You may also want to use the guides and posters found under the Tools & Resources section of the website.
After you have joined a TerraCycle Recycling Program, you may print a free, pre-paid shipping label by going to Profile on the top right side of the website. Click “Send Us Your Waste.” The list of free recycling programs that you are currently registered for will appear. Then select “Get Shipping Label” under the appropriate program. Please note that you will need to be logged in to your TerraCycle account to print shipping labels.
You will need to provide:
Please note: When you sign up for TerraCycle you need to complete one more step before you can start recycling. You have to join at least one of our Free Recycling Programs. When you join a program you can begin recycling that waste stream and earning any applicable rewards. However, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company markets their products only to smokers 21 years of age or older. If you or your participants do not smoke, or are under the age of 21, please visit our other free recycling programs to see how you can help the environment.
Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company manufactures Natural American Spirit all-natural 100% additive-free tobacco products and markets them only to smokers who are 21 years of age or older. If you or your participants do not smoke, or are under the age of 21, please visit our other free recycling programs to see how you can help the environment.
We welcome anyone from almost any household, school, or organization to join in our recycling efforts! There are some practical considerations to keep in mind, however. For example, our programs are designed for consumers and consumer groups, not commercial recycling centers.
TerraCycle's free recycling programs are open to all U.S. States EXCEPT for Alaska and Hawaii. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, your account will be automatically deactivated and your location will not be able to print or request labels. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have free recycling programs running in those states and territories in the future.
If you live in another country, please visit the TerraCycle World Map to see if you can recycle with TerraCycle in your country.
To recycle your waste, all you have to do is join at least one free recyclign program and start collecting the waste stream indicated on the program's page. This is when you can get your friends and family involved! The more people collecting with you the more waste you will divert from landfill. However, please note that Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company markets their products only to smokers 21 years of age or older. If you or your participants do not smoke, or are under the age of 21, please visit our other recycling programs to see how you can help the environment.
To get started, check out our Collect, Store, and Ship Guide. This guide contains a few easy tips and tricks to starting and maintaining TerraCycle programs at your location.
Some free recycling programs have shipment size requirements to earn TerraCycle points, but you do not have to meet these requirements if you do not wish to receive TerraCycle points. All shipment sizes may be shipped completely for free and your waste will still be recycled, you simply won’t earn the point donation if it applies to the specific program.
When you are ready to ship your waste, download a free shipping label from your TerraCycle account and affix it to your box of waste. You can then drop it off at any UPS location.
If for any reason you need to change or update your information, please select the “Profile” tab located on your account and then simply click "Edit My Profile". If you still need assistance or have questions please contact TerraCycle Customer Support at 1-866–967–6766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your TerraCycle account will not be deactivated, however, your available TerraCycle points will expire from your account if there is no activity for one year. Activity is considered to be printing a shipping label, sending in a shipment, or redeeming points.
Further, if you do not send in a shipment for six or more consecutive months in each of your free recycling programs, you may be removed from the program in order for us to allow another participant the opportunity to collect and send waste. For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.
TerraCycle products are made either by upcycling or recycling the collected waste.
Upcycling is defined as using or valuing every aspect of waste in order to give it a new useful life.
Recycling is defined as extracting materials from one product and using them to make an entirely new product.
For a more detailed description of each of these processes, please click here.