Cigarette butts – the main component of waste, they jeopardize the health of babies and animals that mistake them for food.
The American company has found an original way of processing these toxic wastes.
In Israel about 6 billion cigarette butts discarded by garbage containers annually. In the United States of 6 trillion cigarettes smoked every year, American citizens, 4.5 trillion cigarette butts misses the containers.

Although usually not considered butts toxic waste, they contain pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and anti various rodents. In addition, tobacco residues comprise toxic components, among which various carcinogens, pyridine, acetone, and heavy metals.

In addition to the environmental pollution butts jeopardize the lives of animals that mistake them for food. But not only animals eat cigarette butts. Only in 2012 in Israel was aware of 64 cases of ingestion of cigarette butts children under the age of 6 years.

For decades, cigarette butts were considered waste that can not be recycled. The reason for that – a high content of toxic substances. But recently, the cause came from an American company called “Terra Cycle» (TerraCycle) from New Jersey. She was able to find a way to recycle the millions of cigarette butts and turn them into products for industrial use plastic.

The company makes cigarette residues pallets used to transport, facilities for amusement parks and even a dish-frisbee. The company was founded in the early 2000s to find ways of recycling, which was previously considered impossible to recycle.

In order to facilitate the collection of cigarette butts, the company has established in large cities around the world, special containers. In addition, she asked people to send her e-mail on their personally collected cigarette butts. In the meantime, the company’s employees are working hard to improve recycling process.
Source: nrg.co.il