Cigarette Butt Recycling Program:

Salem’s Cigarette Butt Recycling Program began in December 2014 with fifty bins. “Cigarette waste is one of the most common forms of litter on our streets and sidewalks,” says Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Having these receptacles available should provide us one more tool in our efforts to keep our city clean, while maintaining our commitment to being green and reducing litter.”

Click here to watch SalemRecycle’s video about butt bin recycling 

These are the first Butt Bins that were rolled out:

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 Click here to read about the PARK YOUR BUTTS HERE Campaign on salem.com

Challenges and Modifications: The first butt bins lacked visibility, and the top opening allowed rain to get in. High School students participating in Salem Sound Coastwatch’s Talking Trash for Clean Oceans program helped design these jazzy yellow decals which are brightly visible. In addition, we installed fifty more bins sporting a new design, with the opening on the side, for a total of 100 bins. The “Talking Trash” teens and members of SalemRecycles also mapped the locations of the current butt bins and recommended new locations in an effort to maximize use of the bins. Great collaboration and effort by all involved!

Mayor Driscoll, along with Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director, SalemRecycles members, Salem Chamber, and Salem Main Streets, kick off the new Park Your Butts campaign! Please help keep Salem Clean, and get your BUTTS in there!