Cigarette Butts Can Now be Sold for P300 Per Kilo to an Ecology Center in the Philippines

Experts at the center are trying “upcycling” or the use of items to be thrown away to make products with more value.

Cigarette smoking can literally lead to an early death. As a matter of fact, smoking causes most cases of lung cancer by damaging users’ airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) found in the lungs. But while smoking itself is dangerous, collecting cigarette butts can help in protecting the environment, and you can actually make big bucks from doing so!

Ever wondered what happens to a cigarette butt after you smoke? If you’re a smoker, how often do you throw cigarette stubs into the trash can? And do you know how much this contributes to pollution? Are they biodegradable and can they be recycled? Well, apparently it can be “upcycled”.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SMBA) Ecology Center is now buying cigarette butts to be upcycled into products that are higher in value. Experts at the said center are still “studying” how to upcycle and are reportedly in need of at least 60 kilos of cigarette butts for the project. The center’s representative also added that they are buying “litter” to stop the declining quality of the Subic Bay environment.

The ecology center says it takes at least 12 years to decompose cigarette butts, and the number of butts being thrown away is increasing by the day. Cigarette butts also contain harmful chemicals which are a danger to marine life.

The project, called the “Heaviest Butt” is a project that started on March 5, and is bound to end on May 5. If the project is successful, the butts will be used to make bricks or hollow blocks.

If you intend to sell your cigarette butts, you can bring them to the SBMA Ecology Center, Regulatory building Labitan St. CBD area, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City.