St. Louis to install more than 60 cigarette-recycling bins

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Tired of seeing cigarette butts littering the streets and sidewalks? A new recycling program in downtown St. Louis is turning discarded butts into something useful.

Cigarette butts are, by some counts, the world`s number one litter problem.

But now places like the Old Post Office Plaza in downtown St. Louis and restaurants and bars are offering smokers the option of recycling their cigarette butts.

The Downtown STL, Inc. has partnered with Terra Cycle and Progressive Waste Solutions to attach cigarette collection receptacles on light posts. The filters can be used to make plastics and tobacco can be used as compost.

Downtown STL, Incorporated expects to receive $1 for each pound of butts. Not a lot of money but it’s better than flicking a cigarette on the street.

Downtown STL, Incorporated says St. Louis is the first Midwestern city to collect cigarette butts for recycling.

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