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Thanks for getting in contact and providing feedback.
I just got back from a longer than planned stay in Australia…so ready to get back to work on this problem as well as creating awareness about plastic recycling.
I found you on insta, nice containers you have…would be happy to chat more and collaborate.
terracycle hasn’t replied to me either…but here is an article of some guys in india recycling cigarette butts:
Thanks Paulinem, i get the general idea. wouldnt mind nowing how he cleans them. So, time to build some machine to use on cigarette butt recycling only!
Hiram here from Upzigle. We have been collecting and trying to raise awareness here in Nuremberg, Germany about the dangers of cigarette butts in our environment for over a year now – with the aim to recycle them. That’s how I also became aware of PP when looking for a recycling option:-)
I was working a full-time job so didn’t have the time to push the recycling side until now.
Every few months I have been talking with a colleague in Cologne Germany who has been experimenting with recycling for a few years now.
From all the different types of products, he has only been allowed to produce ashtrays-to-go/ pocket ashtrays.
There is also some colleagues in France https://www.facebook.com/megotsrecyclage.fr/ who are recycling cigarette butts by washing, drying, press them, then make furniture, smartphone holders, pots, book covers…I have emailed them to collaborate, but don’t have a reply yet.
I was thinking of building some machines just for cigarette butt experiments. shredder and extrusion I think would be best. This is what Terracycle does from what I have seen. Plus they use them for insulation in buildings in France too.
Anyway, Happy to start collaborating on this, I have heaps of cigarette butts https://www.facebook.com/upzigle/ and before i roll out the collection of more, I want to start finding a recycling solution and a place to store them:-)