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Wilmington Cigarette Butt Recycling Expanded

WILMINGTON – A cigarette butt recycling program launched earlier this year in the downtown district is expanding to Wilmington International Airport.

Keep New Hanover Beautiful helped Wilmington International Airport procure 10 cigarette butt recycling canisters. Photo: Contributed

Keep New Hanover Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, announced Monday it has expanded the program, helping the airport procure 10 cigarette butt recycling canisters for use by customers and staff at various locations throughout the facility. The group’s mission is to end littering, improve recycling and to beautify New Hanover County.

The new canisters replace sand ashtrays that airport maintenance staff had to sift through two or three times daily. The organization’s volunteers will empty the new canisters weekly, and collected butts are to be packed and shipped to TerraCycle, a company that recycles the waste into compost and hard plastic shipping materials.

“On behalf of the Wilmington International Airport we are proud to partner with Keep New Hanover Beautiful on this environmental sustainability program. The cigarette butt recycling program aligns with ILM airport’s sustainable and green initiatives; reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills” said Whitney Prease, facilities director at the airport.

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