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If you use a vape, whether it is a disposable single use vape or a rechargeable vape kit, what do you do with it when you have finished with it?
Both disposable vapes and vape kits are battery powered electrical goods, and so they contain lots of useful, valuable recyclable materials. So just because an item is marketed as disposable, you don't need to put it in the bin, it can be recycled.
Vapes contain lithium in the batteries, as well as electrical wires which can be recycled. So how can you recycle your vape?
Rechargable vape kits that are no longer working (or if you've given up!) can be recycled in two ways. If you can remove the battery, take it out and recycle with other batteries.
You may be able to include it with your household recycling (check for details in your local area) or many supermarkets and large electrical stores have battery recycling collection bins.
If you cannot remove the battery, recycle the whole unit as an electrical item, either including it with your household recycling or by taking it to your local recycling centre.
Recycling of disposable vapes is a bit more tricky.
Some retailers suggest that disposable vapes can be recycled by adding them to your domestic electrical recycling or taking them to your local recycling centre.
Others suggest that you will need to disassemble each one to separate the battery, the bulb if it is made from glass and any metal componants which can be sent for scrap.
There has been a suggestion that retailers may be obliged to take back used vapes under the UK's 'Extended Producer Responsibility' rules, however at present that is not being enforced.
It would seem at present that contacting your local council to see what their current policy on recycling vapes is, if they have one, is the best thing to do at present.