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OLG Partnership Keeps Butts Out of Landfill

The OLG Slots & Raceway in Woodstock is now taking part in a recycling program for cigarette butts

WOODSTOCK - The OLG Slots and Raceway in Woodstock has teamed up with TerraCycle to keep cigarette butts out of the landfill. 

They have joined TerraCycle's province-wide Waste Recycling Program. How it works is the racetrack collects their cigarette butts and ships them to TerraCycle free of charge to be recycled. 

Once a business signs up for the program you will earn points that can be redeemed for cash donations to the non-profit charity of your choice. Province-wide donations from this program have just surpassed $29,000.

Director of Policy and Social Responsibilities at OLG Catherine Jarmain says this was an easy decision for them to join this program.

“OLG has been a proud participant of TerraCycle’s Cigarette Waste Recycling Program since 2012. During this time, our site-led recycling programs have contributed to OLG’s environmental footprint reduction and have generated funds that sites then donate to local charities. Last year, OLG sites hosted a total of 14 TerraCycle waste recycling programs which collected 885 kilos of previously non-recyclable waste and raised over $1,900 for local charities. It’s gratifying to know that through one initiative we are improving the environment and, at the same time, helping those in the community who depend on local charities for important services.”

TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky explains why they started this program. 

“Every year, billions of cigarette butts end up in dumpsters and landfills, or get tossed as litter on shorelines, parks, and sidewalks across Canada. We have a big ‘thank you’ for the more than two thousand locations that have helped us collect 73 million cigarette butts through this recycling program.”

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