Vaping creates new types of waste

“Vaping” has been a topic in the news recently for its health concerns, but recent news reports have not covered what to do with the waste vaping generates.

Like most new products and technologies, vaping comes with its own types of waste. If you aren’t familiar with vaping, it is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol, often referred to as vapor, that is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. If you want to dispose of vaping waste, either your own or that found as litter, be sure to dispose of it properly:

Vaping devices: Please, don’t litter broken vaping devices! Ask your vape shop or local solid waste management authority for instructions on proper disposal.

Pods: Empty pods can go into the trash. Never litter the caps from pods!

• E-liquid bottles: Empty e-liquid refill bottles can be recycled in some cases. Empty plastic bottles can be rinsed and recycled if they are marked with a #1 or #2 on the bottom; otherwise, toss them into the trash. Empty glass bottles can be rinsed and recycled (remove and discard cap and dropper).

• Batteries: If you have a vaping device with removable batteries, follow these steps:

° Remove dead batteries that can no longer be recharged.
° Tape both ends to cover the contact points and reduce the risk of fire.
° Keep batteries separate from other metals.
° Dispose of them in a battery recycling bin at a retail store, such as Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Staples. (Please check with the retailer before dropping off batteries,  contact your local solid waste authority, or visit call2recycle for battery recycling locations.)

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