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Cigarette butt recycling starting in Aspinwall

Tawnya Panizzi
| Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, 3:24 p.m.
Aspinwall will begin recycling cigarette butts this fall.
Aspinwall will begin recycling cigarette butts this fall.

Cigarette recycling containers are expected to be installed through Aspinwall by early September.

Council last month approved the initiative, with several members saying they hope the quirky program will help keep borough streets tidy.

The borough is working with Terracycle, a New Jersey-based company that collects and repurposes hard-to-recycle waste.

Founded in 2001, Terracycle takes odd items like coffee pods and cigarette butts to transform into plastic pallets and other industrial items. Tobacco is used for compost.

For every pound of debris diverted from landfill, the company donates $1 to the Keep America Beautiful campaign.

Manager Melissa Lang said 12 containers were ordered and will be placed near bars, bus stops and other areas where butts collect.

“They should be ready to install in a few weeks,” she said.

The program is free to the borough.

For more, visit terracycle.com .

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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