Cigarette Butt Recycling

The 1st citywide cigarette butt recycling effort in the U.S.; keep them from landfills & streams.
Nashville Clean Water Project
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Nashville, Tennessee
United States
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Big Butts? Let's fix this!

We're attempting the first citywide cigarette butt recycling program in America.
We're a tiny 501c3 non-profit but together with international recycling giant TerraCycle, we're able to turn Nashville's cigarette butts into industrial shipping pallets. Didn't know you could recycle cigarette butts? It's possible, but we're going to need a little help from our friends.

Why is this important?

Hundreds of thousands of cigarette butts land in local storm drains, street intersections, and sidewalks. Across Middle Tennessee, our storm drains lead directly to rivers, creeks, and streams — so at the first rainfall, these butts end up in our water. Our 501c3 non-profit is stepping up with a unique idea that's committed to change!

What is this project all about?

Your support will help us launch our Cigarette Waste Brigade, a city-wide effort to identify where cigarette butts are a problem, how they are entering our waterways and storm drains, and what the smartest solutions are to stop them.

This is the same program for which the NHL Nashville Predators announced their participation and support. You can read about that here. Other key community participation will be announced soon from Nashville's most iconic entities. Our program involves outreach to organizations, businesses, residents, schools and other important groups.

The more this campaign achieves, the more initiatives we can take on across Davidson County. For example, Nashville has over 101 formal neighborhood associations; our intent is to implement this program across them all. Our program is not about picking up cigarette butts all across town; instead we're engineering smart solutions and partnerships before they even reach the ground.

• Belle Meade • Bellevue • Belmont • Berryhill • Brentwood • Cleveland Park • Crieve Hall •  Donelson • Downtown Urban District • East Nashville • Edgehill • Germantown • Green Hills • The Gulch • Hermitage • Hillsboro Village • Hillwood • Inglewood • Madison • Oak Hill • Old Hickory • Richland • Sylvan Park • 12South • and many more neighborhoods.

Fundraising Goals

Our Initial Goal: $7,000
As of March 1, we are halfway to our first goal. Thank you to all who have contributed and helped get the word out! This amount will help us afford specific tangibles including a program logo, a program website, marketing materials, and an initial design of our community footprint and program outreach.

Our Stretch Goal:  $10,000
Our stretch goal will help us scale to the next level with community audits and outreach to large corporations that are unwittingly contributing to the problem. Corporate no-smoking policies indirectly promote smoking off-property where cigarette ash cans typically aren't found. The result means more cigarette butts in our streets, gutters and water. By creating partnerships with corporate leadership and facilities managers, we can develop systems to reduce this problem. Our stretch goal will also cover the costs of some ash cans for specific public areas that are neglected.

What you get

Awesome cool stuff from our corporate campaign supporters!
If you don't need (or want) an incentive to get involved, please use the top funding category we've called "Open Donation" and set your own amount. The default box currently says $1, but simply change your amount at checkout.

But take a look at the incentives several generous businesses have tossed in to help our campaign. Just choose a funding amount on the right, and we'll send you the corresponding incentive at the end of our campaign.

Our Chances

Sound crazy? It will be a challenge, but we can do it with the right amount of help. The Nashville Clean Water Project has done plenty like this before. Our track record starts in 2008 when we created the largest water cleanup in Nashville history, and that continues today as one of the largest in all of the United States. We have literally engaged thousands with the clean water cause.

Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can’t donate — that's okay. They can still help in these big ways:

  • Find us on Facebook and share our page;
  • Find us on Twitter, and please tweet us for support;
  • Email our campaign link to your friends with your own invitation to get involved;
  • Ask your colleagues, family and friends to spread the word about our campaign;
  • Use the share tools at the top of this page and help us make some noise.

And that’s really all there is to making your voice count!

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raised by 95 people in 2 months
27% funded
No time left
Verified Nonprofit
$17,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on April 15, 2014
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  • $1USD
    Open Donation

    To contribute a specific dollar amount, without incentive. Although it says one dollar in the box above, you can choose your own donation level on the next screen upon checkout. A great choice for folks who cannot redeem a Nashville-based incentive but still want to contribute to our campaign. We'll include the names of all "Open Donor" contributors (with approval) on a thank you page at

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  • $5USD

    You're totally awesome for supporting clean water, so we'll include your name on our Hall of Fame page at This level is perfect for students or children who want to help but maybe don't have much to give.

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  • $7USD
    NCWP Bumper Sticker

    We'll send you our hallmark red fish bumper sticker to proudly display on your car, boat, guitar, kid or pets (okay, maybe not pets). Show Music City your commitment to its future!

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  • $10USD
    Two-Pack NCWP Bumper Stickers

    One of our trademark fish bumper sticker + one of our blue oval NCWP sticker reminiscent of OBX and other destination marks.

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  • $15USD
    Whole Foods Gift Card

    Donate $15 and we'll hand you $5 right back in the form of a gift certificate to Whole Foods Market in Green Hills. Valid on anything sold in the store. Reward yourself!

    10 out of 50 claimed
  • $25USD
    We Are Nashville T-shirts

    This key phrase encompasses all of the good Nashvillians did during the Flood of 2010. The design was donated by Rob Williams, and the material by Mother Nature — it's 100% organic cotton! Sizing: (chest measurements) Small 36" Medium 40" Large 44" X-Large 48" XX-Large 52"

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    YAZOO! growler

    Bring in your own growler and choose from an assortment of beers from Nashville's grand daddy craft brewery. YAZOO knows you can't have great beer without clean water!

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  • $35USD
    Digital Information Pack

    With so much polluted water in Davidson County, do you know where it's safe to paddle, fish or swim? We'll send you a full list of impaired waterways in Davidson County, and all across the state, along with a couple other documents to help you navigate to safe waters.

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    Rachael McCampbell notecards

    Renowned artist Rachael McCampbell captures the beauty of native Tennessee birds on 100% recycled paper.

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  • $50USD
    My Kitchen Cure-signed by Mee

    My Kitchen Cure is a book about overcoming chronic auto-immune disease, preventing cancer, and transcending a hereditary setup for a life of illness and a diminished existence.

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  • $75USD
    Yoga Harmony

    Come into Yoga Harmony and experience a FREE one-hour class PLUS 20% OFF your next visit. No experience required.

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  • $150USD
    Free Meeting Space @ Atmalogy

    Located in the heart of Nashville at 2320 West End Ave, Atmalogy offers a creative and dynamic atmosphere for business meetings and/or social events. Atmalogy cafe also serves up some wonderful creations to please any palette.

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  • $250USD
    Yazoo VIP Party

    Enjoy a private party on one of Nashville's most unique venues ever — aboard the last wooden 80' U.S. Navy Yard Patrol craft made, the R/V Eastern Surveyor. Commissioned in 1979, the 654 Class vessel is among the strongest and best equipped wood naval vessels ever built, providing the perfect platform to discuss our city's clean water challenges while moored one night at a dock of our choosing.

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  • $500USD

    Appear (name and/or your likeness) in one episode of Wild Side, the Emmy-winning public television show dedicated to nature and the environment. This episode will feature the Nashville Cigarette Waste Brigade in Spring 2014. Appearance is subject to producer edits and schedule; you must be available on the date set for videotaping and interviews.

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