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July 22, 2014

New Orleans first U.S. city to turn butts into boards

  • New Orleans will be paid $4 for each pound of cigarette waste, which will be cleaned and used to make plastic lumber and shipping pallets.
    Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS — In New Orleans, discarded butts are being turned into something useful.

    The first of 50 cigarette butt recycling receptacles was installed at a downtown intersection Monday. Developers of the program say New Orleans is the first U.S. city to participate in a large-scale recycling effort launched in Canada last year.

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