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TL; DR

  • Batteries in landfills can cause pollution 
  • Residue liquid can also cause harm to children and wildlife
  • You can recycle disposable vapes 
  • Find out how to recycle your disposable vape

Puff bars or disposable vapes are hot on the market right now. They contain around 300-600 puffs per device, then you throw them away.

These mini kits are loved by many because they’re easy to use, give you a high dose of nicotine and are ready out of the box. They also give you a flavour-rich, consistent vape. 

However, it is really important to recycle disposable vapes responsibly. After all, they contain a battery. When batteries find their way into a landfill site they rot and chemicals can leak from them causing water and soil pollution. 

The battery in the device isn’t the only component that might cause an issue. There is also the pod that contains the nicotine e-liquid. If an animal or child finds this they might ingest some of it. 

It isn’t just puffing bars that need to be disposed of correctly. Rechargeables also need to be dismantled and put in the correct bins. 

How to recycle a disposable vape

1. Firstly, most of these small one time use devices will come in a cardboard box. The cardboard should go in the curbside recycling. If you don’t have bins that separate recycling in your town or outside the shop, keep it in your pocket or bag until you get home. The packaging should also have any specifics on how to recycle your device, so it is good to keep hold until you’ve had a read.

2. Once you have finished your 300-600 puffs you’ll notice the battery dies or the liquid runs out. This means it is time to get recycling. 

3. Carefully disassemble the device.

4. Take the plastic or glass pod off and rinse it under water to remove any nicotine liquid. You can then wrap this in a piece of recyclable material and dispose of it as you would other plastic waste. 

5. Dispose of the battery safely. This means putting it in a designated battery recycling bin. You can find these at your local supermarket. Some local councils accept batteries placed in a plastic bag on top of the bin but check your area. You can find your nearest battery recycling point here.

Why recycle your disposable vape?

Improperly disposing of cigarettes has long been an environmental issue. They find their way down drains and into the ecosystem, polluting the seas. There are about 4.5 trillion butts that pollute the environment. 

Vapes are safer for our health, and we want them to also be safer for the environment too. This means disposing of disposable vapes responsibly. 

If you are looking to reduce your single use plastic, you might want to look at a reusable pod system. These are still easy to use and deliver a high dose of nicotine. 

Not only are they more eco friendly, but they also are kinder to your wallet. You can get around 1000 puffs in a 10ml liquid which will cost you on average £3 - £6. 

Certainly, something to consider! Here are a few you might like:

XROS 2

Key features:

  • Wattage - Fixed
  • Battery - 1000 mAh
  • Style - MTL
  • Eliquid - PG or Salts
  • Airflow - Adjustable
  • Coils - 0.8 or 1.2 ohm
  • Pod size - 2 ml
  • Charging - Type C

Drag Nano 2 

Key features:

  • Wattage - up to 20 W
  • Battery - 800mAh
  • Style - MTL
  • Eliquid - High PG, nic salts
  • Airflow - Adjustable 
  • Coils - 0.8 or 1.2 ohm
  • Modes - 3 power settings
  • Pod size - 2 ml
  • Battery LED light indicator
  • Dimensions - 44 mm x 72 mm x 14.2 mm

Caliburn G2 

Key features:

  • Wattage - Fixed
  • Battery - 750 mAh
  • Style - MTL
  • Eliquid - PG or Salts
  • Airflow - Adjustable
  • Coils - Mesh
  • Pod size - 2 ml
  • Charging - Type C

Becky Spencer-Davies

I'm a writer, runner and biscuit lover. When I'm not writing about pens, pods, mods, coils and juices, you'll find me running in the hills fueled by cookies.

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