Recycle Lebanon

Your Help is greatly appreciated


Tobacco Free Cigarette Collection

What’s the Problem

  • More than 4,500 chemicals are found in cigarettes (Hoffman, 1997).
  • Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, a plastic that is very slow to biodegrade.
  • Butt waste is not biodegradable: Filters are non-biodegradable, and while ultraviolet rays from the sun will eventually break them into smaller pieces, the toxic material never disappears and most of it ends up in the ocean.
  • Filters may make it easier for young people to start smoking and discourage smokers from quitting (Harris, 2011; National Cancer Institute, 2001; Novotny, 2009).
  • Cigarette butts first cause of pollution of the sea with plastic #MoveYourButts #BalaPlastic

Lebanon is ranked the 3rd in the world for cigarette consuption

How many cigarette butts in the Lebanese waters

Every year, billions of cigarette butts end up in dumpsters, landfills and coastal fills across Lebanon, collected through this program is recycled into a variety of industrial products, surfboards as benches, and any remaining tobacco will soon be recycled as compost.

What Recycle Lebanon did to help reduce cigarette butts waste and what is to come in that matter.

  • Raise awareness, #MoveYourButts
  • Cigarettes bins/ pocket ashtray/ receptacle
  • More than 50 Beach Cleanups (see #BalaPlastic)
  • Recycling these cigarettes butts
  • Collaboration with AUB

What you can do and how will we help transition

Recycle Your Cigarette Waste!

Program accepted waste: Extinguished cigarettes, cigarette filters, loose tobacco pouches, outer plastic packaging, inner foil packaging, paperboard packaging, rolling paper, and ash.

Collect your cigarettes butts and we recycle it (Surfboards, benches), don’t throw it away it’s cruel. When the pocket ashtrays are available buy them. Use the cigarettes bins and receptacles when there are some. Give us your cigarettes box whatever is inside ofit.

We offer several solutions for recycling some of our most commonly littered items: cigarette butts and used chewing gum.

Receptacles are perfect for standardizing cigarette recycling in small or large-scale outdoor environments. These metal receptacles can be equipped with steel bolt bands for flexible placement at your location.

Through this free recycling program, TerraCycle offers participants the opportunity to recycle cigarette waste. You can empty the waste from any ashtray or receptacle into a sturdy plastic bag (like a garbage bag), place the tied-off bag in a box and ship it back to us to be recycled. With your account, you can join the free program and access prepaid UPS labels that would cover the shipping costs of the cigarette waste. All of the processing and recycling costs are covered by TerraCycle and our partners, so there is no financial obligation for you to participate in the recycling program.

Recycle chewing gum

And not only can you recycle littered cigarette butts, but we also offer an opportunity to recycle used chewing gum as well.

These units create a professional, sleek recycling container for unwanted gum litter. Like our cigarette receptacles, these can be equipped with steel bolt bands for flexible placement at your location.

Use a Used Chewing Gum Zero Waste Box to send in all of the used gum that you’ve collected at your location. This will ensure that the waste will be recycled instead of being thrown out.

Donations for the Ecosouk Makerspace

We need your help to make Lebanon a better place. Donate to ensure your well-being and that of others by baning plastic and toxic products step by step. The Makerspace includes a precious plastic machine a 3D printer that’ll turn waste into recyclable product and art.  You’ll be giving the opportunity for Lebanon to lead the way in environmental matter in the region and in the world. Make Lebanon a better place and improve strangers’ perception of Lebanon in order to make it look more attractve. You have the power to make things changes.

We need your help to make Lebanon a better place.