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- How Long Does It Take For Cigarette Butt To Decompose? Meet The Naman Gupta Who Works On Cigarette Waste Management
new DelhiOne hour agoAuthor: Vikas Verma
In the year 2018, Naman formed a company named Code Effort Private Limited. Where he recycle the cigarette vest and started making it a useful product.
- Made three models of cigarette waste collection, this brings two and a half thousand kg cigarette waste from 12 states every month
- Naman says that you should damage yourself with cigarettes, but its waste should not cause environmental damage
Do you know that a small cigarette butt takes 10 years to de-compose. About 3000 cigarette butts come in a kilo cigarette waste and about 30 million tonnes of cigarette wastes are released in India every year. Just think, how long will it take for such a cigarette butt to be de-composed? This cigarette butt is definitely a problem, but Naman Gupta, a 26-year-old young social entrepreneur, is working on its management.
Naman, who lives in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, works on cigarette waste management and recycling. For this, they have formed a company, where they collect and recycling cigarette butts from different states of the country. With this they make products like Mosquito Repellent, Pillow, Cushion, Teddy, Key Chain. Naman has so far recycled more than 300 million cigarette butts.
The idea came after seeing cigarette butt while staying in PG
Commerce graduate Naman explains, “When I lived in PG during college time, many youngsters were addicted to cigarette smoking, some were chain smokers. They throw away the remaining pieces of cigarette anywhere. Then there was a similar view at the tea shop outside the college. One day when I did Google, it came to know that it takes 10 years for the cigarette butt to be de-composed, then wondered what happens in it that takes so long to be de-composed.
It was found that there is paper at the top of the butt, but the cellulose acetate of the filter is made of polymer or fiber material in easy language. It takes 10 years for this part to be de-composed. Then I researched this material for about 4 months, then understood that by recycling it, byproducts can be made from it. ”
In 2018, Naman formed a company called Code Effort Private Limited, where he recycled cigarette vest and started making it a useful product. Naman explains, “Cigarettes separate the paper and fiber of the butt, make mosquito repellent from the paper, make pylos, cushions, taddies, key-chains from the fibers.
Made three models of Cigarette Waste Collection, two and a half thousand kg Cigarette Waste comes every month from 12 states
1. In the first model, we make a collection of cigarette butts from rag pickers and unapplied volunteer. In lieu of this, we also give them basic incentives.
2. Under the second model, we have provided value bins (B-Bins) at smoking rooms in large corporate offices in Noida, Delhi and Gurgaon, and at T-shops and cigarette shops in these cities. Our team members empty these bin every 15 days and collect cigarette butts.
3. Under the third model of the West Collection, we collect cigarette butts through our vendors present in different states of the country. With these three models, an average of about 2.5 thousand kg cigarette waste comes to us every month. According to its quality, vendors are also paid at the rate of 500 to 800 rupees per kg. ”
According to Naman, currently cigarette waste is coming from 12 states including Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh. In this, the maximum amount of waste comes from the states of South India, because people there are more aware of waste management.
Up to 36 hours of fiber material is treated with organic chemical
This waste is then processed. Naman says that the paper coverings are removed from the cigarette butt in it. Then make a pulp and mix the organic binder in it. This makes Mosquito repellent cards, mosquitoes do not come from burning it.
In addition, the fiber material from the cigarette butt is treated with biodegradable organic chemical. This material is chemically treated for 24 to 36 hours, then it is removed and washed with water, then dried and made soft toys, pillows, cushions, teddy, key chains etc.
Sell all by-products through online platforms, distributors and salesmen
Naman explains that “We sell by-products made from cigarette butts through online platforms, distributors and salesmen. Apart from this, we also deliver these products by taking bulk orders from corporate. ” About 1000 people are involved in this work, through this Naman is also providing employment to about 40 women.
In Naman's company, his elder brother Vipul Gupta also supports him. Vipul looks after the infrastructure and product research, while Naman handles the entire operation. Naman has started this company at a cost of around 60 lakh rupees, he says that this year they will reach break even point.
Damage yourself with cigarettes, but its waste should not cause environmental damage
Naman says that till date this classification has not been done as to what type of waste the cigarette vest will bring. Guidelines are also needed for this, only then people will have awareness. He says, “I have never smoked, but I have definitely been a passive smoker.” Cigarettes are a legal product and drinking it is a common practice, I am not allergic to people who smoke, nor do we promote smoking. All I want to say is that you damage yourself, but the environment should not be damaged by its waste. ”
Naman says, “I work for social ROI, the day I get banned on cigarettes in the country, I will be most happy. We have saved about 300 million cigarette butts from polluting the environment in two years.