How does it work?
Participating individuals and businesses will be encouraged to collect cigarette butts – either from ashtrays, dedicated infrastructure, or from litter in their area – and instead of putting them in to the general waste bin, they would put them the provided snap-locked bags (to trap in any nasty smells) and place them in the provided black CigCycle bin.
Once all the provided bags have been filled, scan the dedicated QR code on the bin. This will trigger us to collect it. We will do a pick-up run every 2-4 weeks also. Once collected, we will consolidate and then remediate the butts and other materials with our mycologist partner, Fungi Solutions. Fungi Solutions have cultivated a strain of oyster mushroom that digests not only the plastic filters, but can cope with the toxins present also.
Our aim is that at the end of the program, we have a proof-of-concept of the ability to use these remediated cigarette butts as part of the circular economy.
How much does it cost?
This trial is being funded through the Circular Economy Communities Fund delivered by Sustainability Victoria under the Victorian Government’s circular economy plan, Recycling Victoria: a new economy. There is no cost to participants during the trial program.
MycoCycling Community Cigarette Butt Waste to Re-direct from Landfill is supported by the Circular Economy Communities Fund delivered by Sustainability Victoria under the Victorian Government’s circular economy plan, Recycling Victoria: a new economy.
No More Butts has been awarded $57,835 through the Victorian Government’s Circular Economy Communities Fund. We were one of 39 successful projects in the second round of the Circular Economy Communities Fund.
The Circular Economy Communities Fund:
· The Circular Economy Communities Fund provides $5.4M in grants to support local community groups, social enterprises and other not-for-profit businesses working to reduce waste and improve recycling.
· Funded projects include repair cafés, community gardens, food rescue operations, recycling or repurposing hubs, and circular economy education initiatives.
· Funded projects focus on waste reduction through sharing, repairing and re-purposing through community initiatives, which will help boost Victoria’s economy through local circular economy projects and the creation of new jobs.
This project is supported by the Circular Economy Communities Fund. The Fund is delivered by Sustainability Victoria under the Victorian Government’s circular economy plan, Recycling Victoria: a new economy.
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