Waterfront Partnership Introduces Cigarette Butt Recycling Program

Program aimed to reduce pollution in the Harbor has already eliminated 40,000 cigarette butts

(Baltimore, MD)—Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore has installed 15 recycling receptacles to encourage smokers to properly dispose of their used cigarettes in Harbor East as part of its Healthy Harbor Initiative. Cigarette litter collected will be sent to TerraCycle for recycling, eliminating cigarette litter from Baltimore’s streets, waterways and landfills.

“Every year, millions of cigarette butts are tossed on the ground in Baltimore. When it rains they get washed into our storm drains, which flow directly into our streams and Harbor,” said Adam Lindquist, director of Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative. “Now, smokers in Harbor East can put their butts to work. Instead of ending up in our waterways, cigarette waste will be recycled by TerraCycle into a variety of useful products.”

The Healthy Harbor Initiative is a pursuit to restore the Baltimore Harbor to a condition that is both swimmable and fishable by the year 2020. The initiative involves a series of clean up strategies including the Harbor’s well-known “Mr. Trash Wheel,” a water wheel located at the end of the Jones Fall in the Inner Harbor that filters trash before it can reach the Baltimore Harbor, Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. However, the best way to keep trash out of the water is to ensure that it is properly disposed of to begin with. This new cigarette collection program helps people to make the right choice when discarding their waste.

TerraCycle is an international recycling company that finds innovative solutions for typically non-recyclable waste. TerraCycle’s processes allow cigarette waste to be separated into organics and plastics. Organics, including leftover tobacco and cigarette paper, are added to non-food compost. Cigarette filters, made from cellulose acetate, are recycled into a variety of industrial plastic products, such as shipping pallets.

“We are excited to be able to aid the Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative,” said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “The reduction of street litter such as cigarette butts really tackles the harbor pollution issue at the core, and by recycling that waste instead of just sending to landfill, Harbor East is even further protecting the planet.”

Waterfront Partnership’s cigarette collection is an extension of TerraCycle’s Cigarette Waste Brigade, a free, national recycling program aimed to eliminate cigarette related waste. For more information on the program, visit http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/cigarette-waste-brigade.html.

About Waterfront Partnership

Waterfront Partnership is the proud steward of Baltimore’s crown jewel, its Inner Harbor and Waterfront. We’re lean, nimble and effective; the only organization that wakes up every day, rolls its sleeves up and gets to work on new ways we can make Baltimore’s Waterfront even more active, attractive and appealing. We’re the hosts who greet visitors, the creators of programs and promotions and managers of our beautiful parks. We encourage investment in Baltimore’s most celebrated asset so it can continue to grow, to serves as a place of pride and the place where Baltimoreans come together to recreate and to celebrate. For more information, visitwww.waterfrontpartnership.org.

About TerraCycle

Founded in 2001, TerraCycle, a Progressive Waste Solutions Company, is the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, from used chip bags to cigarette butts.  The waste is collected through free, national, brand-funded platforms called “Brigades,” as well as various consumer and government-funded models.  The collected waste is reused, upcycled or recycled into many different products and materials.  Each year, across 25 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, donating millions of dollars to charity in the process. TerraCycle is the subject of a new half-hour comedy, ‘Human Resources.’ Season two aired Fall 2015. To learn more about TerraCycle, please visit www.terracycle.com.

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