Cigarette Waste

Every year, 4.5 trillion cigarette butts get tossed as litter on streets, shorelines, parks, and sidewalks across the world- making them the most prevalent form of litter waste on Earth.

Although cigarettes are small in size, waste accumulated in such large quantities can pose enormous threats to our health, and natural environment. When littered on the ground, cigarette butts leach the following toxins into the water and soil systems we require to survive, before degrading into microplastic pollution:

Nicotine, Hydrogen cyanide, Formaldehyde, Lead, Arsenic, Acetate (plastic), Ammonia, Radioactive elements (I.e., uranium), Benzine, Carbon monoxide, Nitrosamines, and Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's;, 2020)   




EcoSuperior’s volunteers pick up tens of thousands of cigarette butts each spring, but that represents just a fraction of the cigarette litter that enters the environment.    

Many smokers have stated that they would use an ashtray if there was one available when they smoke outdoors. As part of the litter prevention program funded by the City of Thunder Bay’s Clean Green and Beautiful initiative, EcoSuperior is offering several programs and services designed to mitigate cigarette litter from our streets, including:

'Your Butt Goes Here'

your butt goes here program

 'Your Butt Goes Here' - Ashtrays for Businesses Program

This cigarette waste collection program is designed specifically for businesses and community groups, to divert toxic waste from our natural landscapes, and landfills. Through this program, an EcoSuperior ashtray is provided to the area of your choice, so that cigarette waste can be recovered and recycled.Are you a business and want to participate in the program? You might qualify for a subsidized ashtray for your location

Contact to get started today

Pocket Ashtray Program

There are often times when smokers may find themselves without a proper receptacle for their cigarette waste. Our team at EcoSuperior is offering a great solution for that!

These pocket-packs provide you with a convenient and compact way to keep cigarette butts off the ground, and out of our waterways for good. Whether you are on the go, in the car or boat, or on the trail- you can still have your cigarette and be litter-free. Pocket ashtrays are available by dontation at the EcoSuperior office for Thunder Bay organizations, businesses and individuals.

Contact if your organization is interested in getting multiples. 


reusable cigarette pouch, cigarette waste solution

With your help, we have recycled over 5 million cigarette butts since 2015.

Cigarette Recycling Program

Want to recycle the cigarette waste from your home? Our team has made that easy! You can collect your cigarette waste at home, and bring it to our office for recycling- free of charge!

Here's what you can bring us:

cigarette accepted waste packaging paper stubs ash

When we collect or receive your cigarette waste from your EcoSuperior Ashtray, your pocket ashtray, or at our drop off area- we send it to our friends at Terracycle for recycling! Here, they recycle your cigarette waste into a variety of industrial products. These include:

  • Industrial products
  • Plastic pellets
  • Recycled tobacco for compost

how cigarettes are recycled

For more information about our programs, please email
* This litter prevention program is made possible by the City of Thunder Bay’s Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee.