Research by Material Focus, has identified that 1.3 million single-use vapes are thrown away every week, which per year adds up to enough to cover 22 football pitches. While Vapes and E-Cigarettes have become popular alternatives to more traditional ways of smoking, there is a growing e-waste challenge in the UK – and some of these items can also pose a risk if not disposed of safely.

Some E-cigarettes or vapes can contain batteries and POPs (persistent organic pollutants). They can be recycled, but because they contain batteries, they should not be put in a normal recycling bin.

In fact, it is important that E-cigarettes or vapes of any type are NOT placed in any of your regular waste containers as they can be a fire risk in your bin, in waste collection vehicles or at the waste treatment facility.

They can be recycled as small WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) at your nearest Recycling Park.

Denbighshire council is working to raise awareness of this.  Councillor Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, Denbighshire council, explains:

“We are urging people to follow the guidance and not place Vapes and E-Cigarettes in their mixed recycling or in the clear recycling sacks and to dispose of them in the correct manner”

“When not properly disposed of, these items can become a real fire risk, and it is important to minimise this risk whenever possible.”

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