San Francisco Surfrider Foundation

Hold On To Your Butt

Show your love for marine life! If you smoke:

  • Find and use a buttcan. We’ll recycle all your butts with TerraCycle.
  • Carry a reusable pocket ashtray (find at Daiso or online). Extinguish the butt in your ashtray, and dispose responsibly. Use the ashtray again and again.

Cigarette butts are plastic

Cigarette filters are made of tiny threads of cellulose acetate plastic. Littered butts slowly break up into thousands of plastic threads that pollute our water and soil.

Cigarette butts are toxic

Cigarette butts leach nicotine, arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, and more into water and soil, threatening water quality, marine life, and seafood safety.

In the San Francisco Bay Area alone, 3 billion butts are littered annually. You can help change that!

What we do

  • Partner with local businesses and government to install buttcans throughout San Francisco
  • Educate that cigarette butts are plastic and toxic
  • Remove cigarette butts from beaches and streets and recycle butts with TerraCycle
  • Advocate for the removal of plastic cigarette filters and the creation of anti-litter policies

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