To Deal with Pesky Cigarette Trash, Oklahoma City Turns to Recycling

The city is setting up collection stations downtown to give cigarettes a second life.

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By News Staff
July 28,2016

Oklahoma City has an idea for dealing with the inexorable tide of cigarette butts dirtying its sidewalks and washing into its storm drains — turn them into plastic.

It’s a little more roundabout than that, but a group of organizations have collaborated to install 23 cigarette recycling stations on light poles in downtown Oklahoma City. The aluminum boxes will serve as collection points for filters and other tobacco products, and the nonprofit group Downtown OKC will send it all to “a private company” for recycling.

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