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Surfrider Foundation – Hold onto your Butts

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The Hold onto your Butts campaign by the Surfrider Foundation began as a local initiative to reduce the amount of cigarette butts in San Diego in the 1990s. Since then, the campaign has grown to become a global movement.

The campaign began with local beach cleans, and has since grown. This campaign has resulted in policy changes in Tofino, citizen science projects and beach cleans, and new infrastructure to collect cigarette butts. Surfrider have partnered with Terracycle to recycle cigarette butts. These are then turned into garden benches. To date there have been 1,050,00 cigarette butts recycled as part of the Hold on to your Butts campaign. Smoking areas now have a Surfrider recycling canister to collect cigarette butts

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