How To Dispose of Disposable Vapes

Disposable vapes are typically designed to be disposed of when the battery or pre-filled e-liquid runs out in the device. While, due to its name, the disposable nature of the device may come as no shock to adult users, you may still be wondering how to recycle disposable vapes - and if this is even possible.   

Fortunately, disposable vapes can - and should - be recycled. Here, we’ll take a look at what disposable vapes are made of, and where to dispose of disposable vapes properly. 

What is a Disposable Vape?

Disposable vapes are generally small vape devices that come pre-charged and pre-filled with e-liquid. While they may work in a similar way to other vape devices, they usually don’t have buttons to press (and typically don’t need any to use the device). 

When they either run out of battery life or e-liquid, they should be disposed of responsibly. Below, we’ll look in closer detail at how these vapes can be recycled.  

What are Disposable Vapes Made Of? 

Exactly what a disposable vape is made of will depend on the product in question. That said, disposable vapes may have a plastic exterior that contains a battery, a small tank filled with e-liquid, a cotton wick and coil.

Sometimes, there might be misconceptions that vapes can’t be recycled - however, this isn’t the case. You should usually be able to take disposable vapes to your local recycling centre to dispose of them properly and responsibly. Recycling centres may not be able to recycle all of the vape components. What you’ll be able to recycle depends on the services offered by the recycling centre in question. Therefore, it’s best to check what you can and can’t take to a recycling centre before doing so.  

How to Dispose of Disposable Vapes Responsibly

For those wondering how to get rid of disposable vapes, it’s important to dispose of them responsibly. If a vape isn’t disposed of properly, the batteries and e-liquid it contains could be bad for the environment. 

It’s best not to throw disposable vapes into the rubbish bin when you’re finished with them. With that in mind, can vapes be recycled? The answer is yes, they can. It might be a good idea to store your used disposable vapes in a safe place, particularly if your local recycling centre isn’t that close by. Then, when you have the time, you can take them to the centre. As mentioned before, check that your local recycling centre accepts vapes before taking them there.

Of course, disposable vapes may not last as long as other vape devices, so you might find you’re disposing of these more frequently than you would rechargeable options. If you’d like to know more on the longevity of vapes, you can find out more in our guide ‘How Long Does a Vape Last?’. 

Smoke-free products are not risk-free and provide nicotine, which is addictive. Smoke-free products are not an alternative to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether.

This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of such information. 


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