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GUIDE TO RECYCLING YOUR VAPE KITS

Here’s a generic breakdown of each part of the vape kit that can be recycled:

Vape Battery Mod - a vape mod is essentially the brain of a vape kit, providing power as well as a chipset to dictate vapour production.

What Is It Made Of?

  • Mod Device - Metal/Plastic
  • Battery - Lithium, Carbon, Metal

Where Can This Be Recycled?

  • Batteries must be disposed of at specialist battery dispose bins whilst standard mods, due to containing a circuit board must be recycled at e-waste sites. You can find your nearest electronic waste centre here.

Does It Need Any Special Treatment Before Disposing Of/Recycling?

  • Just make sure your mod is clean of any e-liquid residue and always make sure the battery is removed and disposed of separately.

Vape Tank - vape tank contains and heats e-liquid, turning it into inhalable vapour.

What Is It Made Of?

  • Metal, Glass, Rubber, Plastic

Where Can This Be Recycled? - Home Recycling Bins

Does It Need Any Special Treatment Before Disposing Of/Recycling?

  • As mentioned, clean of any e-liquid/nicotine residue and disassemble all the parts separately. Always make sure coils are removed from the tank before recycling.

Coils - vape coils are used in tanks. Each one is fitted with a wrapped wire and a cotton wick, to soak and heat up e-liquid which turns it into vapour.

What Is It Made Of?

  • Metal, Cotton Wick

Where Can This Be Recycled?

  • Home Recycling Bins

Does It Need Any Special Treatment Before Disposing Of/Recycling?

  • Always remove the cotton wick which is some cases is easy, whilst incredibly complex for other types including vertically built coils. The cotton cannot be recycled due to being deeply saturated in e-liquid and nicotine.

E-liquid Bottle/Cartridge - E-liquid bottles hold e-liquid when not in a vape tank, whilst cartridges provide the same function as a vape tank in a specialist format to suit the pod device.

What Is It Made Of?

  • Bottles -Plastic/Glass
  • Pod/Cartridge - Metal/Cotton

Where Can This Be Recycled?

  • Home Recycling Bins

Does It Need Any Special Treatment Before Disposing Of/Recycling?

  • Standard e-liquid bottles are comprised of plastic, and sometimes rarely glass, allowing them to be easily disposed of in home recycling bins once cleaned. Replacement pods/cartridges are a little trickier, if the coil can be removed, stripped of wick and the cartridge is cleaned thoroughly then it can be recycled, however the vast majority make it hard to disassemble coil from cartridge.

 RECYCLING VAPE KITS - THE DETAILS

As highlighted above, the basic components of a conventional vape kit; a battery mod, tank and coils, can be recycled once cleaned of any toxic nicotine residue. The main concern of correct disposal is cotton wick, that essentially e-liquid saturates into, which need to be removed from the coils before being recycled. As well as this, removable batteries being can be correctly recycled into battery disposal bins, which are very common nowadays. Other than that, the vast majority of the materials (plastic, cardboard, rubber and metal) used in vaping equipment can be disposed of in standard home recycling bins including e-liquid bottles, packaging and devices.

It’s always recommended to check the product box or packaging whether an item is recyclable, particularly in terms of pre-filled pod kits or integrated battery devices as due to their often non-disassembly construction they cannot be recycled correctly. As a rule of thumb, if a device is refillable and uses a removable battery, the chances are it can be recycled in some way or another. Just to reiterate, before recycling it is essential to clean your hardware, in particular tanks and coils which come into direct contact with e-liquid. For more information on this check out our handy guide and video on how to correctly clean your vape tank.

Taken from VapeClub.co.uk. Other recycling guides for vape products are available here and here


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