Subic center pays for cigarette butts

Published April 11, 2018, 1:53 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By MB Online

One can now help reduce litter on the streets and get paid for it at the same time.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Ecology Center said it is buying collected cigratte butts at P300 per kilo.

(SBMA Ecology Center via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
(SBMA Ecology Center via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

The cigar butts must be brought to the ecology center located at the Regulatory building at Labitan St., CBD area, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City.

“You are not just being paid for collecting these litter but you are being rewarded with a cleaner environment!” the ecology center stated in a Facebook post.

SBMA Ecology Center said it is collecting cigarette butts for study purposes.

“We are buying cigarette butts for a study we are currently conducting for possible upcycling…Cigarette butts are one of the top three litters that go to our bay every year. They take 10-12 years to decompose,” it stated.

“We will conduct (research) to see if the smell and toxicity of cigarette butts can be removed so we can use them for upcycling,” it added.

The center said it is in need of 20-60 kilograms of butts for the study.

It added that the move — dubbed as the Heaviest Butt Campaign — was done to prevent cigarette butts from “degrading” the Subic Bay environment.

“Considering that for the past Coastal Clean-Up activities, CBs topped the list of most litter collected.”

The center enjoined everyone to participate in the campaign.

“We are encouraging everyone to pick up litter from the streets and beaches,” it said in closing.

SBMA’s Ecology Center was created to “protect the environment and natural resources within the Subic Freeport Zone.”