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Cigarette Waste Brigade®

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Every year, cigarette butts end up in dumpsters and landfills, or they are tossed as litter on shorelines, parks, and sidewalks across Canada. With the help of one of Canada’s largest major tobacco manufacturers, the waste collected through the Cigarette Waste Brigade will be recycled into a variety of industrial products, such as plastic pallets, and any remaining tobacco will be re-worked into tobacco composting.

For every pound (453.6 g) of cigarette waste that you send in to TerraCycle, you will receive 100 TerraCycle points, which can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, or for a payment of $0.01 per point to the charity of your choice. Please note that shipments must contain a minimum of three pounds of cigarette waste in order to receive a TerraCycle point donation.

How to collect for the Cigarette Waste Brigade at home

Collecting at home

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How to collect for the Cigarette Waste Brigade at your office, restaurant, or other business establishment.

Collecting at the office

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And to make collecting all your waste that much easier, download our helpful TerraCycle "Collect, Store and Ship Guide" for some tips and tricks that will make the collection process simple and mess-free. Also check out our Cigarette Waste Brigade Poster to help promote your collection efforts.

Check out the image below to see some examples of the types of waste that are accepted through this Brigade program. You can also download this as a poster.

Cigarette Waste Brigade Accepted Waste

Cigarette Waste Brigade accepted waste:

  1. All parts of extinguished cigarettes
  2. Cigarette filters
  3. Cigar stubs
  4. Outer plastic packaging
  5. Inner foil packaging
  6. Rolling paper
  7. Ash

Please note: We DO NOT accept the cardboard packaging of a cigarette box. Instead, you may recycle this through your municipal recycling program.

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