A. Hatzopoulos S.A. becomes #gopafree
With a clear business focus on promoting materials’ circularity and zero waste actions, A. Hatzopoulos S.A. partnered with the NPO CigaretCycle, supporting its innovative #gopafree project for the recycling of cigarette waste.
Reckless disposal of cigarette butts is one of the most important problems of environmental pollution, given that these are not biodegradable, they contain toxic chemical substances and plastic in the filter’s composition. What is more, it is estimated that 40% of the waste collected globally at urban / beach clean-ups is cigarette butts.
Through the #gopafree program, cigarette butts collected from all over Greece are sent for separation and recycling through a specific process, to create new eco-friendly products. The remains of paper, tobacco and ash are composted and fertiliser is produced, while the filters are detoxified to produce new recycled materials, such as industrial plastic pallets.
The installation of the special recycling bins in the designated smoking areas of our factories was completed at the end of 2022. We are thrilled to be participating in this pioneer program, actively supporting the CigaretCycle initiative and its goal to raise awareness on this issue.
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About the #gopafree program:
#gopafree is a new project with aim to recycle the cigarette butts all over Greece while also raising awareness and informing everyone regarding the environmental pollution dangers arising from these cigarette butts. For more information, please visit: www.cigaretcycle.org.