Cigarette Litter Recycling initiative

Cigarette filters are the number one most littered item worldwide.

How you can get involved:

Keep New Hanover Beautiful’s largest initiative is to work with businesses, property owners and organizations across New Hanover County to recycle their cigarette butts. To date we have recycled over 680lbs!

By partnering with us, you can help reduce litter and keep cigarette butts from entering our waterways and harming wildlife.


Keep New Hanover Beautiful installs canisters, and maintains them by collecting the cigarette waste weekly.  Our volunteers then package and ship the waste to TerraCycle, who recycles the materials into plastic pellets and compost materials.  

Our current partners:

Anderson Square/ Cape Fear Games

Army Corps of Engineers

Cape Fear Engineering

Carolina Gymnastics

Flying Machine Brewing Co.

Front St. Brewery

Good Shepherd Ministries

Gravity Records

Highland Roofing

King Neptune Restaurant

Marsellos of Wilmington

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

New Hanover County Government

Queensboro Shirt Company

Reggie's 42nd St. Tavern

Saliente Bar


Shuckin' Shack

Stevens Hardware


The Husk

The Stalk & Vine Restaurant

The Terraces on Sir Tyler

Town of Carolina Beach

Town of Wrightsville Beach

Waterman's Brewing

Wilmington Brewing Company

Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

As this project continues to grow, we are always accepting new partners and looking for motivated volunteers. Please visit our Volunteer & Internships page for more information.