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US company pitches to recycle France's cigarette butts

US company pitches to recycle France's cigarette butts
 
Saked (R) in the smoking area at the Rexclub, the first venue to try out the cigarette butt recycling programme Alison Hird

In France, where young people are among Europe's biggest smokers, streets are often littered with cigarette butts, which take around 12 years to degrade. US company TerraCycle has launched the first butt-recycling programme, transforming the plastic in the filters into everything from pipes to ashtrays. After reducing the Canadian city of Vancouver's cigarette-butt waste by 99 per cent, TerraCycle now hopes to win over France. We visit the Rexclub, the first venue in Paris to start collecting cigarette butts.


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