The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and TerraCycle Team up To Tackle Cigarette Waste

TerraCycle and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup are working together to clean up Canada’s shorelines and recycle cigarette waste! By signing up for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™ and the Cigarette Waste Recycling Program, you can reduce the amount of litter on local shorelines and give cigarette waste a second life. Cigarette butts, cigarette foil and plastic packaging can be diverted from landfills and recycled into useful products.

How To Get Involved

About the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada, and one of the largest shoreline cleanup efforts in the world. A conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada, the Shoreline Cleanup promotes understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup encourages volunteers across Canada to remove shoreline litter to keep our waterways safe for the communities and wildlife that depend on them. Cigarette butts are the most commonly picked up item and over the past 3 years, volunteers have collected over 1,100,000 butts.

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Why participate in the Cigarette Waste Recycling Program

Participants in this program will receive 100 TerraCycle points (equal to $1.00) per pound of cigarette waste received. These points can be converted to cash for donation to a non-profit of your choice. (A minimum of 3 pounds is required for a non-profit donation.)

How TerraCycle recycles cigarette butts

The collected waste is recycled into plastic pallets (also known as skids) for industrial use. By making pallets from recycled cigarette waste, TerraCycle will not only reduce the amount of litter in Canada, but also reduce the need to use wood or virgin plastic to make commonly used industrial pallets. The organic parts of the waste, the paper and remaining tobacco, will be composted. To learn more about the recycling process, please click here.