According to a recent study by the Office for National Statistics, around 14.9% of adults in the UK consider themselves to be smokers, meaning that the safe disposal of cigarette butts and similar was products is vital if we want to protect the planet for future generations. While the safe disposal of cigarette waste lies mainly on the shoulders of the smoker, it can also prove to be a real issue for those who work within the hospital industry.
With that in mind, here is a guide regarding everything you need to know about Cigarette Butts and their disposal.
Cigarette Butt FAQs.
What are cigarette butts?
How many people drop cigarette butts?
52% of smokers thought that it was okay to put a cigarette down the drain.
11% of smokers do not classify cigarette butts as litter.
75% of smokers report dropping cigarette litter on the floor.
Not only does cigarette litter cause great environmental damage, collecting or picking up discarded waste costs the government a great deal of money annually.
How do cigarette butts contribute to pollution?
Are there any chemicals in cig butts?
Are Cigarette Butts biodegradable?
How can they be recycled?
The waste is then collected by a licensed waste carrier and taken to a specialist facility.
Paper waste and residual tobacco products are separated from the rest of the cigarette waste and composted. This is a great way to dispose of organic waste without relying on landfill sites. You can find out more here.
Cigarette butts litter (cellulose acetate) is thoroughly cleaned to remove the traces of chemicals or hazardous waste.
The plastic is then melted and turned into pellets. This process is known as extrusion.
The pellets are then mixed with other kinds of plastic, ready to be reused or repurposed.
What can Cigarette Butts be made into?
Window and door frames
How to dispose of Cigarette Butts?
Provide you with a range of free bins to safely store all waste on-site, including specialist cigarette butt bins.
Arrange for the regular collection of your business waste – tailoring the schedule to your unique needs. As each business requires a different schedule, we offer daily, weekly, or even monthly waste collection plans.
Ensure that your waste is taken to the right recycling facility instead of sending it directly to a landfill site.
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