The City of Ventura and the Surfrider Foundation have unveiled a truly unique project utilizing thousands of cigarette butts collected from local beaches.

The bench, installed near the Ventura Pier, looks no different from an ordinary bench, but its makeup is entirely different. Rather than the typical metal and wood, the bench consists of recycled cigarette butts discarded on Ventura beaches. The Surfrider Foundation says that since installation of 76 ashcans throughout the city, 250,000 butts have been sent to TerraCycle, a recycling facility that transforms the butts into plastic pellets which then can be made into various products.

To see a map of ashcan locations, visit