This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.
How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #28 Recycling Disposable Cigarette Hard Pack Boxes
Most municipal or curbside recycling programs differ in terms of exactly what you can expect them to pick up. But when it comes to cigarette boxes, one has to assume that the cardboard, foil and plastic are all recyclable, provided the bits of tobacco are cleaned out entirely, right? So are cigarette boxes in general ok to recycle?
Let’s start here: if you’re gonna smoke, and it’s not our position to try to convince you otherwise, then consider how you can still be “green” while doing it. Surely, not smoking may be the healthiest decision you can make, but if you have to smoke, or currently smoke and have no plans to quit anytime soon, then consider recycling the materials. Here’s the low-down.
Most of the research we did leads us to believe that the paper package itself is recyclable, like most paper, and it’s possibly compost-able as well. Sources note that removing the interior foil wrapper and tobacco, as well as the outside plastic wrapper is the first step before attempting to recycle the light-weight cardboard box.
Helpful Links on Recycling Cigarette Hard Pack Boxes:
Search by “Cigarette Hard Pack Boxes” or “Paper Cartons” and “Your City Name or Zip Code” at Earth 911 and find the closest recycling center near you.
Check out this piece on Recycle This UK! about Recycling Cigarette Hard Pack Boxes.