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Recycling cigarette filters

Cigarette filters take a long time to decompose and I would like to understand and learn more about the current strategies that people and companies are developing towards recycling them.


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  • Oct 22 2011: What if, what if smokers were required to "turn in butts to be able to buy new cigarettes?"
    I think a pack of cigarettes have quantity of 20 per pack, so you would need to turn in 20 butts to be able to buy a new pack.
    If you want to sell cigarettes then you have to be able to turn in those butts, to be able to get your supplies. This would easily keep the butts off the streets. Similar to a used tire or used battery when buying a new one.
    If you do not turn in the required butts, then you pay a tax that goes toward cleaning up cig butts.
    Side note, I'm a small business owner and one day I was walking to my store and was coming up behind a police car when I saw the officer roll down the window and throw out a cigarette butt. I nicely walked up to the window and told him how we were trying our best to keep the parking lot clean and would he mind getting out and picking up that cigarette butt.
    He did get out and pick it up, to be honest I may have handed it to him thru the window, but either way it was back in his car for him to deal with.
    Can I get some thumbs up for that one?

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