When Los Altos banned smoking in public spaces downtown on March 27, it left an exception allowing tobacco use in city parking plazas. A new partnership with TerraCycle to aims to collect and recycle the cigarette butts anticipated in those plazas. City workers installed 12 receptacles in the 10 city-owned parking lots last week. City workers had removed all other ashtrays in the downtown area last month.
“The city’s new smoking restrictions raised concerns about proper disposal of cigarette butts,” Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins said. “This new program is a great and innovative way to collect and recycle the waste while ensuring our streets are kept clean.”