When a constituent came into Assemblyman Michael G. DenDekker’s office recently and suggested he propose a cigarette butt recycling program, Mr. DenDekker admits he “had a little chuckle.” Then a staffer, half joking, suggested a cigarette butt deposit, just as is done with bottles. But before completely dismissing the idea, Mr. DenDekker agreed “to see if there is a market on it.”
A little Googling and Mr. DenDekker discovered that in China, scientists had found that soaking cigarette butts in water creates a solution that can protect steel pipes used by the oil industry from corroding. In Brazil, a fashion designer, Alexandra Guerrero, cleans cigarette butts, dyes them and spins them with sheep wool into clothing. And in Ohio, an inventor has a patent pending to turn cigarette butts into adhesives and sealants.
Now two weeks later, Mr. DenDekker, a Democrat from Queens, has proposed a bill that would create a statewide cigarette butt recycling program. “There are two reasons to do it,” he said. “One is to create jobs, the other is to clean our environment a little.” Read the Full Story at the NY Times
He forgot to add- I actually use cigarette butts soaked in water to keep pests away from my plants. That works great.
I wonder if recycling were actually an option if we could actually keep the streets cleaner? I wonder how much taxpayer money we could save if we didn’t have to have someone picking up toxic waste everyday. I wonder how much cleaner our streets and neighborhoods would be if people actually disposed of cigarette butts.