Indian innovators rehash cigarette butts to manure

Jun 12, 2017, 9:25 AM EDT
(Source: Dennis Hill/flickr)
(Source: Dennis Hill/flickr)

In India, where smokers discard about 100 billion cigarette butts every year, two young innovators in Noida are working to turn this environmental hazard into organic manure.

Vishal Kanet and Naman Gupta, in their twenties, run a startup called Code, which is a zero-waste company that composts almost the entire remains of used cigarettes, writes The Better India.

The duo plans to upgrade their model to use the residual ash from cigarettes in making fly ash bricks. The company buys one kilogram of cigarette butts for 11 dollars and its customers include both smokers and cigarette traders, notes