Cigarette butts are the single most littered item on our world’s coasts – in part because smokers lack receptacles to properly dispose their waste.
Want to help make a difference in your local community, but don’t have the money to fund proper receptacles? Why not make your own from recycled plastic water bottles?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 to 4 plastic water bottles.
- Water proof/outdoor tape.
- 3 lines of string, thin rope, or fishing line.
- A wooden board/durable structure/big piece of plastic.
Step by step instructions on how to put your very own cigarette collection receptacle together:
- Duct tape the water bottles together using the tape (as pictured). Wrap the tape around both the top and bottom of the bottles.
- Take your wooden/plastic board and pierce 2 holes through the upper right, and upper left corners.
- Tie your first line of string/fishing line through both holes, so that it can hang from whatever surface you would like it to attach to. Make sure you leave enough line to achieve the height you would like.
- Add any writing, pictures (voting can get more poeple to engage, like here where users vote on a person or a sports team), or artwork you would like to the piece of wood. Make it fun!
- Now you should have 2 halves of the receptacle: The upper sign, and the taped water bottles. Now it’s time to connect them!
- Take 2 more pieces of Equal Length string – you will first tie one end of the string around the top of the 2 outer bottles. Tie the string in a tight not around the top.
- Now, take the other end of the 2 strings, and throw each over the board, and back around to the water bottle top. Tie this last end around the water bottle top, finishing the big loop. The water bottles should be supported by the string now, and the receptacle is ready to hang!
Check out more information on our #NoMoreButts campaign, and learn how you can recycle the cigarette butts you collect: https://theterramarproject.org/no-more-butts/