Caldicot Town Team are working on a new project to drastically reduce the amount of discarded cigarette butts in our town centre.
The team have joined up with Terra-Cycle UK who recycle cigarette butts into useful items, rather than taking space up in landfill.
The filters, the foil, and the plastic packaging are recycled into plastic pellets, which can be used to manufacture plastic goods such as shipping pallets etc. Leftover rolling paper and tobacco will be composted.
Cigarettes make up more than one-third—nearly 38 percent—of all collected litter. Disposing of cigarettes on the ground or out of a car is so common that 75 percent of smokers report doing it.
New Cigarette bins will be positioned throughout the town centre, which will be emptied and managed by Caldicot Town Team.
Nearly all — 98 percent — of cigarette filters are made of plastic fibers. The plastic, cellulose acetate, only degrades under severe biological circumstances, such as when filters collect in sewage. In practice, cigarette butts tossed on streets and beaches do not biodegrade. Even under optimal conditions, it can take at least nine months for a cigarette butt to decompose.
Along with the chewing gum bins provided by Caldicot Town Team and in conjunction with Gumdrop LTD and this new project to increase recycling in our towns, we can make Caldicot a better place to work, live and play.