The icon of the capital’s ruin pubs, the must-see target of the young tourists visiting Budapest, Szimpla joined the TerraCycle stubs-recycling program, according to Within the framework of Stub Brigade program the tobacco refuse arisen in the nightclub is being collected so later environmentally friendly products can be prepared from it. This is the pub’s second environmentally conscious action after the weekend farmers’ market launched last year.

Cigarette butts will be collected in special containers placed out specifically for this purpose, then TerraCycle will take over and recycle them. The cooperative partner of the program named Stub Brigade is Philip Morris Hungary Ltd. From the tobacco and the paper left in the stubs valuable potting soil will be prepared through composting methods; and the filter and the plastic parts will be manufactured with pelletisation into plastic again, from which almost any kind of plastic based product can be produced.

TerraCycle was established in 2001 in the US by a Hungarian-born man, Tom Szaky, and initially it earned billions out of worm feces. Its Stub Brigade program will not only rid nightclubs of the sight and the toxic effect of cigarette stumps, but also joins this kind of waste into the recycling process, which is much more environmentally friendly than manufacturing this raw material newly.

“Szimpla has been always a pioneer among nightclubs in application of environmentally conscious solutions. We would like if the stub collecting expanded to the whole party district, to make every pub and street ‘stub-proof'”, said Zsendovits Ábel, owner of Szimpla in connection with the program.

When the program started in Szimpla, the founder of TerraCycle emphasized how proud he is that one of the best collecting community is going to come to life in his hometown. “I’m happy that the coolest nightclubs are joining Stub Brigade. It’s one of the best method to confront people with green solutions, and with the fact how easily accessible they are!”, said Tom Szaky.

translated by Zsófia Luca Szemes from



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