Public Ashtrays Might Soon Be Replaced With Communal Recycling Trays

Smokers: Here's how to handle all those butts using science, some chemicals, and a little patience.
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We all think we know how to recycle because we can toss an aluminum can in its appropriate bin, but how is it actually done? Get a glimpse of the real science that goes down alongside TerraCycle’s company happy hours and team yoga activities in our new video series, On the Ball With Dan Harris. Harris is the director of zero waste boxes at TerraCycle, as featured on Participant Media's Human Resources on Pivot, so he knows a thing or two about not wasting time (get it?).

Every year, 3.5 trillion cigarettes are thrown away and pollute our planet. In this week's episode, the one and only Rick Zulter from Human Resources describes the surprising process of recycling cigarette butts, and the unconventional products that can be created from this infamously discarded object.

Human Resources is an unconventional, comedic, behind-the-scenes look at TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company whose mission is to eliminate the idea of waste. TerraCycle takes anything and everything that is landfill bound—from potato chip bags to cigarette butts—and recycles, upcycles, reuses, or otherwise transforms these objects into something else. Using science, creativity, and a little DIY attitude, it's changing the way we think about trash.

Watch all-new episodes of Human Resources Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, only on Pivot.