Butt Blitz 2022 – Collect Filters: PBC Will Recycle Them!

This year, PBC volunteers have collected 128,284 cigarette filters!

It’s that time of year again! We are on a mission to recycle as many cigarette filters as possible and we need your help!

Join the Butt Blitz: Participating is Easy

  1. Find cigarette filters and pick them up with gloved hands. Certain zones are prone to them, such as parking lots, bus stops, outside of restaurants, benches, etc.
    Tip: Keep them in a sealed container (yogurt/to-go plastic containers…).
  2. Count them and record them either via the Clean Swell app or our Blue Bucket form.
  3. Drop them at one of our multiple drop-off locations on the coast. Check the map below for directions.

Drop Off Locations

You can drop off your cigarette butts at any time at one of these locations

If You Can’t Pick Up, Please Consider Donating

We understand that not everyone has the ability to pick up cigarette butts, but you can still participate to end cigarette filter litter by making a financial contribution!

100% of your donation will go directly to our programs such as the Butt Blitz, which are designed to educate the community about the negative impact cigarette filters have on the environment and to remove the filters from our ecosystem.

If you believe in a cleaner ocean and value education as well as our efforts, you can make your donation a recurring event by checking the “donate monthly” checkbox.

No amount is too small! Thank you so much for your support and generosity. If you are interested in supporting our organization even further, you can also become a Supporting Member.

1,313,084 Filters have been collected since 2014!

Last year we recycled over 189,737 butts. The 2021 Butt Blitz was a huge success and so many of you pitched in from all over the Bay Area!

Each filter gathered last year was diverted from the landfill and recycled at Terracycle. Cigarette filters, although packed with toxins, contain plastic, which allows them to be recycled to become useful fleece, pots, or even ashtrays!

Help Us Spread the Word

Share our flyer with your peers and family.
Tip: Distribute at post offices, grocery stores, coffee shops, etc.
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