Cigarette butts are a big component of litter, but they are difficult to deal with and often overlooked. Blake Burich, from the Columbus suburb of Dublin, Ohio, thinks he has a solution. Burich's company, InnovaGreen Systems, is touting a process for turning the cellulose acetate butts into a material that can be used to make new products. The Columbus Dispatch published a feature story on Burich a few weeks ago. According to the story, Burich has patented a process to recycle the filters by mixing them with different solvents, creating plastics with a range of properties. The company is still a part-time, R&D-phase operation. "I work on this thing from Saturday morning to Sunday night a lot of times," Burich told the Dispatch's Robert Vitale. "We're a bunch of guys who want to do something to improve Mother Earth." Burich's current project is to create a sculpture for the city of Columbus using butts collected by volunteers. This may be one of the oddest materials I've ever seen recycled -- and I once visited a plant that was trying to recycle disposable diapers.
Ohio man recycling cigarette filters
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