Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter on the planet. Trillions are dropped every single year in our cities, towns, villages and countryside. Wherever you find people you will find cigarette butts. Lots of them.

They are one of the biggest littering problems facing the planet today. That’s why Rubbish Walks has chosen cigarette litter as one of our top priorities. Help us COLLECT AND RECYCLE as many as we can.

Send us your collected cigarette butts to be recycled and you could win…

A donation of £150 to a group or charity of your choice.


A fabulous single-use plastic free hamper worth over £100!

* Terms and conditions apply. Please read the guidelines below.

After several requests we are extending the closing date of this year’s Blitz The Butt competition to 31st October 2020. 

Taking part in our BLITZ THE BUTT campaign couldn’t be easier…


Grab a bucket/bag, gloves and litter picker and collect as many cigarette butts as you can.

Then count them.

If you don’t want to count every single one we’ve provided a simple guide below showing you how to accurately estimate quantity.


Take a photo and share with @UKrubbishwalks on social media using the hashtag #BlitzTheButt.

Place the total number of butts you collected in brackets after the hashtag and your location.

Like this…

@UKrubbishwalks #BlitzTheButt (3478) Ipswich


This year we’ve teamed up with Filtracycle to offer you the opportunity to recycle every cigarette butt you collect and be in with a chance of winning A fantastic prize worth over £250!

Keep reading to find out how.

Alternatively, you can dispose of cigarette butts in your general waste bin.

Safety First…

As we are still living with a worldwide pandemic it’s important to observe all COVID19 related guidance in your area to limit your potential exposure to the virus.

That’s why this year we’re are not promoting holding your own ‘Blitz The Butt’ public events but encouraging you to go out and collect cigarette butts solo or with those in your bubble.

DO NOT pick up cigarette butts (or any other litter) with your bare hands. Always wear gloves and use a litter picker where possible. Make sure you wash your hands and equipment thoroughly before and after use.

How To Send Your Butts To Be Recycled…

Please read these guidelines carefully before sending your collected cigarette butts.

  • Make sure you take a photo of you and the cigarette butts you’ve collected and share them with us on social media as detailed in step 2 above.
  • Should you decide to collect cigarette butts you are responsible for your own health and safety. Rubbish Walks CIC , World Clean Up Day or Filtracycle cannot be held responsible for any injury of loss/damage to property.
  • Follow all the latest government COVID-19 related guidance for your area. If you have any doubt or concern do not take part. 
  • Please do not handle any cigarette butts without gloves.
  • If you are collecting in a public area consider wearing a mask.
  • Unfortunately we can only accept parcels containing a minimum of 2,000 cigarette butts. If you have collected less than this amount why not team up with friends or a local litter picking group and add all your butts together?
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept wet or very damp cigarette butts. Please do not send them as we won’t be able to pass them on to Filtracycle for recycling. Please dispose of damp or wet cigarette butts in your general waste bin.
  • Please remove all other litter and other detritus (leaves,twigs, soil etc.) from your cigarette butts before packing into your parcel.
  • Place your collected cigarette butts into a plastic bag (bin bag, carrier bag, bread bag or similar). Seal the bag by tying the opening into a knot. Use sticky tape as a last resort.
  • Place the sealed bag into a cardboard box.
  • Complete the form below and we will send you a Log Form and address to send your parcel to.
  • Please print and complete the LOG FORM detailing your contact information, where you collected your butts, how many volunteers were involved, the estimated quantity of butts collected.
  • Seal the box.
  • Make sure you wash your hands and equipment thoroughly after collecting and packing your cigarette butts. 
  • The parcel needs to reach us no later than Saturday 31st October 2020.
  • The prize is open to UK and Ireland residents only.

The winner will be informed by Monday 9th November 2020.

All personal information supplied will be handled securely and will not by shared with any 3rd parties.


Please complete the form below to receive a copy of the log form and address to send your cigarette butts to for recycling.

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How to count your cigarette butts…

Collecting cigarette butts can be a smelly job. Counting them can be even smellier! That’s why we’ve created this simple guide to help you quickly and accurately estimate how many cigarette butts you’ve collected.

Soup / Beans Can

Holds 200 butts

Plastic Bottles

0.5lt holds 375 butts

1lt holds 750 butts

2lt holds 1500 butts

4 pint milk carton holds 1600 butts

Builders Bucket

Holds 9,000 butts

Crisp Packet

Holds 420 butts


Pringles Tube

Holds 700 butts

McDonals's Cup (Reg)

Holds 375 butts

Download the quick guide

Our Partners…

This world-changing idea began in the small northern European country of Estonia, in 2008. 50,000 people united to clean up the entire country in just five hours.

On that day, a global bottom-up civic movement was born and spread like wildfire around the globe. This captured the imaginations of people worldwide, who were inspired to follow suit with the same ambitious ‘one country, one-day’ formula.

Last year over 20 million volunteers in 180 countries around the world joined together on a single day to pick up tonnes of trash. That’s amazing! 

This year World Clean Up Day’s main focus is cigarette butt litter so it made perfect sense to team up and spread the message ‘Our world is not an ashtray. Do the right thing and dispose of your cigarette butts properly’

Recycle your cigarette butts with Filtracycle and you could win a fantastic prize worth over £250!

Filtracycle is an Irish startup with a bold ambition – to turn cigarette waste into a sustainable source of plastic.

They have developed a method of extracting the cellulose acetate plastic from cigarette butts and turning it into pellets that can be used for injection moulding.

Their goal is to establish a network of small recycling facilities in urban centres across Europe to process thousands of tonnes of cigarette waste each year into high grade recycled plastic pellets.

This sounds like a brilliant idea and we want to help support their efforts.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Filtracycle to offer you the potential opportunity to recycle every cigarette butt you collect.