NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In New Orleans, discarded butts are being turned into something useful. The first of 50 cigarette butt recycling receptacles was installed at a downtown intersection Monday. The organic materials, such as tobacco and paper, are composted.
Cigarette filters, though they look and feel like fiber, are made of cellulose acetate, a plastic. Once collected, they are shredded and bio-toxins removed with the use of gamma radiation..
The filters are then melted into plastic pellets for industrial use in the same way a plastic bottle would be recycledRead on..