New CigBins installed in Vanier to reduce cigarette butts in waste stream

Three new cigarette bins are being installed in Vanier in the hopes of keeping the butts out of the waste stream. It's a projected funded by Quartier Vanier, the BIA for the area.

The bins, which can hold 20,000 cigarette butts were designed and made by CigBins, a local entrepreneurial company that got its start through HubOttawa. They will handle all of the services for the bins as well.

Co-founder Kathleen Kemp said they're hoping to roll out the program city-wide with new partnerships.

"Typically they'll be business improvement areas, however, we're also going to be approaching property owners and property management companies but we will be going through the BIAs as well as the City and some of the ward councillors as well," said Kemp.

She said the bins will be emptied weekly by staff employed through Causeway, a group that links people with mental illnesses to good jobs in Ottawa.

Each bin can hold 20-thousand cigarette butts. They will be recycled by an internal partner into plastic used to make crates. Kemp said they are not releasing the name of the partner but said they are "a reputable company" and said they are not local to Ottawa.

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