The Tobacco Free Coalition of Pinellas

Improving the health of our community by working to reduce tobacco use and exposure to toxic secondhand smoke.

Keep My Pinellas Beautiful – Cigarette Butt Recycling Program

Did you know you can recycle those nasty cigarette butts?  Pinellas County has a local recycling program doing just that!  The website states:

The “You Too Can Recycle Cigarette Butts” Program is a program to collect and recycle Cigarette Butts in Pinellas County. The following are the reasons why we all should be involved in this recycling effort .

  1. Cigarette Butts are the number one litter item in Pinellas County. They are on our beaches, in our parking lots, at our bus stops and most of all in the middle of our street at left hand turn lanes.
  2. Rains wash them into our coastal waters where the young marine life consume them and die.
  3. Some Cigarette Butts end up in our landfill when birds consume them and die/
  4. Based on a recent study, it cost $ 4.17 (value of volunteer Time) for every cigarette removed during a cleanup of the beach.

The startup of this program is sponsored by:
Hilton Worldwide Travel with Purpose Action Grant. – They made the program possible – Our Thanks to them.

This “You Too Can Recycle Cigarette Butts” Program is planned for Individuals (Responsible Smokers) and all businesses situations where Cigarette Butts are present.

Our program motto is “Please don’t Flick It, recycle it!”

Our program is to encourage everyone to collect cigarette butts for recycling and Keep Pinellas Beautiful will pick them up and deliver them to the Recycler (NO More Butts).

To make this recycling program work and include all sources for cigarette butts, Keep Pinellas will be providing the following three basic components, as needed to support the program.

  1. Cigarette Butt Receptacles – also called Ash/Waste receptacles We have designed an inexpensive Cigarette Butt disposals containers for businesses (outside collection) Beach participates will like them because they can easily be secured to wood walkways to the beach. Click here for more information…
  2. Cigarette Butt Disposal Container – This item was designed for inside collection of cigarette butts from businesses. It has the same base as the Cigarette Butt Receptacles. Click here for more information…
  3. Cigarette Butt Collection Container. This Cigarette Butt Collection Container will be place throughout Pinellas County at various public businesses. A listing of those locations will be on our web site ( under Recycling, then click on “You Too Can Recycle”. This listing will be by Zip Code and updated weekly. We are attempting to have a minimum of 50 collection locations.

For more information about the program, please visit their entire website at :


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