Ecolad Corporation was founded in 1972 by Gary Awad, who realized there was a need for durable, heavy-duty waste containers that could withstand weather elements and abuse from the general public. As a result, Ecolad manufactured its first heavy-cast aluminum waste receptacle. Ecolad’s product line has grown substantially and includes recycling containers and a variety of outdoor ashtrays. Today, the company is family owned and operated by Gary’s son, Mitchell (president), Ecolad provides unique quality products along with a high level of service to new and existing customers.
With the implementation of no smoking indoor bylaws, smokers have moved outside. Have you noticed the clusters of cigarette butts at entrance ways, on your streets, sidewalks, beaches, gardens, playgrounds and other public places? It is estimated that several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year. That’s billions of cigarettes flicked, one at a time every single day. In fact, cigarettes are the most littered item in America and the world. Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, not cotton, and they can take decades to degrade. Not only does cigarette litter ruin even the most picturesque setting, but the toxic residue in cigarette filters is damaging to the environment, and littered butts cause numerous fires every year.