Beach Clean Cigarette Butts Recycled into Picnic Benches

18 September by Miriam Heale


We had a great time at the Great Beach Clean this weekend, organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

There were 50+ volunteers on Boscombe beach in Dorset and we scoured an already seemingly clean beach for cigarette butts, small pieces of plastic, food wrappers and anything else that wasn't part of the natural flora and fauna.

Just in our small team of 6 we must have found over 500 cigarette butts, so there must have been 1,000s found on the day.

Remarkably, the butts can be recycled by a company called Terracycle into picnic tables!   The technology is amazing watch this Terracycle video to find out more.

100% of adult sea birds now have plastic in their guts, which is a shocking global statistic.  So anything that can be done to reduce the amount of plastic and rubbish on the beach and in the oceans has to be a plus.

If you would like to do more, take the Plastic Bag pledge, to stop using single use plastic bags.  It's not difficult to do, honest, I'm doing it! 

Find out more about how you can combat ocean plastic pollution.