Winnipeg chain smoker recycles 41,767 cigarette butts

A Winnipeg man is being praised for recycling tens of thousands of cigarette butts. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg chain smoker is being called a “rock star” by a global recycling company.

TerraCycle Canada provides free waste collection programs for things that are hard to recycle, such as cigarette butts.

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Winnipegger Daryl Hill has been saving his for a while now and with the help of friends and family, he’s collected an awful lot.

Vanessa Farquharson, a spokeswoman for TerraCycle, said so far Hill has shipped the company 41,767 butts.

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TerraCycle converts the cigarette waste into plastic shipping pallets and composts the extra tobacco, she said.

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Hill said he’s surprised that some people just toss their cigarette butts on the ground.

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