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article imageVancouver says, 'No ifs, ands or butts'

By Karen Graham     Nov 23, 2013 in Environment
Many smokers on our city streets usually get rid of their smelly cigarette butt the easiest way they know how, by dropping it on the sidewalk. But Vancouver, in its effort to become squeaky-clean by the year 2020 has come up with an innovative solution.
Vancouver is not the least bit concerned about what the rest of the world thinks of their efforts to become the cleanest-greenest city in the world by 2020. In fact, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is justifiably proud of the city's achievements so far in reaching that goal.
With an ear tuned to the public's complaints about cigarette butts littering downtown Vancouver's streets and sidewalks, the city has initiated a six-month pilot program called "The Cigarette Waste Brigade. "The program will cost tax-payers a paltry $110.
The program is being funded by TerraCycle Canada, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, United We Can, EMBERS, and four BIAs. The BIA's were consulted on the locations of the receptacles. Said Stephen Regan, Executive Director of the West End Business Improvement Area, “Having these receptacles in convenient locations will make it easier for people to do their part in keeping Downtown streets cigarette litter free and keep our city beautiful."
TerraCycle, Inc. is an international recycling company based in new York. Founded in 2001, the company has become a world leader in the recycling of difficult to use and non-recyclable waste. The company has become adept at turning post-consumer waste into building materials and other consumer products that are available for purchase online.
How cigarette butts are recycled at Terra Cycle
How cigarette butts are recycled at Terra Cycle
The 110 slim receptacles are clearly marked with stickers that say "Recycle Your Butts Here." They have been placed in the Downtown, Robson, Gastown and West End business districts. Embers, and United We Can, in working with the program provided workers to mount the canisters and will hire the unemployed to empty them on a regular time-schedule so the contents can be shipped to TerraCycle's Canadian Depot.
Vancouver is the first city in North America to have a cigarette-butt recycling program. Mayor Gregor Robertson, on the official opening of the butt-waste program said, “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.”
Vancouver has shown yet again, that it is a leader in the use of green-technology, all in an effort to have an environment where families can breathe fresh, clean air as well as enjoy clean streets and neighborhoods. Vancouver's citizens can rest assured that regardless of what Kermit the Frog says, "It is easy being green."
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