Disposable Vapes

Millions of disposable vapes containing valuable metal ending up in landfill

Users in the UK are throwing away around two disposable vapes every second. The number of discarded disposable vapes accounts for around 10 tonnes of lithium being sent to landfill or waste incinerators each year - enough of the metal to make batteries for 1,200 electric cars.

Research suggests users in the UK are throwing away around two disposable vapes every second.

The battery in the average disposable vape contains little more than a tenth of a gramme of lithium metal. But it adds up’

The number of discarded disposable vapes accounts for around 10 tonnes of lithium being sent to landfill or waste incinerators each year - enough of the metal to make batteries for 1,200 electric cars. This means that around 44,million plastic single use vapes are in landfill that will take at least a 1,000 years to decompose.

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How to Dispose of Disposable Vapes UK

If you’re short on time then one way to ensure your disposable vapes are being disposed of safely is to store them somewhere safe until you’ve saved up a good few. Once you’ve built up a decent collection of used vapes, take them to your local recycling centre where they’ll be happy to dispose of them for you. 

If you have a bit more time on your hands and you really want to do your bit then it is possible to remove the materials and recycle them yourself. To do this, you’ll need to dismantle the device and separate the basic materials, which can then be recycled individually. 

Before you begin, remember that battery removal can be dangerous if you’re not careful, so take extra care when handling the battery and make sure you wear gloves.

Start by opening up the device. The way to go about this will depend on the device you’re dismantling but there should be a piece that pops off somewhere which allows you to get to internal components. Once you’re inside, take out the battery, as well as the cotton, and remove the plastic e-liquid tank and hey presto, they’re all ready for recycling!

How to Dispose of Disposable Vapes Materials

Now you’ve separated the vape’s materials, the question is what should you do with them?

Well, most of us know not to throw old batteries into the bin. Dispose of your batteries in the wrong way and they could very easily end up in landfill which can be disastrous for our natural surroundings as they can pollute water supplies and damage ecological systems. 

So, once you’ve removed the battery, take it to a local recycling centre or supermarket to be disposed of properly.

For the other materials, just pop the plastic and cotton into the relevant recycling and hopefully they’ll be recycled into something new which saves them ending up in a landfill where they’ll take 1,000 years to decompose!