Cigarette-collecting receptacles on downtown Vancouver streets debut in November
TerraCycle and the City of Vancouver are launching a new pilot program to recycle cigarette butts, which will help keep Vancouver's downtown clean and move the City closer to its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan goals.
The Cigarette Waste Brigade® pilot program – the first of its kind in the world – launched today with the installation of 110 new cigarette recycling receptacles on several blocks within four downtown Business Improvement Areas including: Downtown Vancouver, West End, Robson and Gastown. The receptacles will be easily identified with stickers that say ‘Recycle Your Butts Here’.
“We’ve heard loud and clear that people want easy and convenient ways to keep our downtown streets and public spaces clean,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Cigarette butts are a real source of litter downtown, and this innovative pilot project with TerraCycle will help keep toxic butts off our streets and out of the landfill. This is a great example of how we can move closer to our Greenest City goals, provide job opportunities for low-income residents, and keep our downtown looking great.”
The pilot program, funded by TerraCycle Canada, is a partnership between the City of Vancouver, United We Can, EMBERS, and the four BIAs, to make this pervasive waste easily collectable and recyclable. Mayor Robertson first met with TerraCycle on a business visit to New York in 2009.