Recycling Tips for Vapers
Throughout the last few years, the vaping world has grown leaps and bounds. From elaborate feature-rich mods to high VG e-liquids, new products hit the market on a daily basis. As a result, we rush to upgrade to the latest gear and dress our devices with fresh accessories—but what’s a vaper to do with their old equipment? With all the hype surrounding innovation, and most recently the regulatory aspect of vaping, very seldom do we hear about the correct way to dispose of the various components associated with vaping. After all, even the brightest minds in the industry have yet to deliver a never-ending, maintenance-free e-cigarette. Thus vapers are forced to preserve their systems with fresh materials leaving an abundance of depleted parts. When these used batteries and bottles are thrown out improperly, they can be harmful to the environment. The next time you get rid of your old stuff, act responsibly and recycle!
If you’re unsure of how to properly recycle your vape trash, not to worry—here are some helpful tips.
When it comes to keeping bottles of e-liquid, vaping brings out the inner hoarder in all of us! Regardless if it’s an all-day vape or an obscure e-juice you’ve only tried once, for some reason, vapers like to stockpile their old bottles. However, unless you live on your own, eventually the day will come where you’re forced to say goodbye to the trusty ole’ containers. The good news is recycling your old e-liquid bottles is painless and you have plenty of options.
Use a Service
Prior to throwing your bottles away, it’s important to thoroughly rinse the container so there are no lingering chemicals. Just like any other type of glass, e-liquid bottles can be recycled by simply disposing in a curbside recycling bin provided by the city. If your neighborhood lacks a recycling program, there are a number of services that will help get rid of your unwanted items responsibly, such as IWantToBeRecycled.org. In addition, a number of local retail vape shops will take in your old gear and responsibly dispose of it for you.
Vapers who travel frequently or purchase e-juice in large amounts, can reuse smaller (7ml+) containers to break down larger (30ml+) bottles of e-juice into travel-friendly sizes.
Give it Away (Full Bottles)
Often times, vapers will buy a flavor solely based off a description or recommendation without a taste test, only to discover it’s not to their liking. Consequently, they are left with a full bottle of e-liquid with no intention of ever vaping it. In this scenario, the best thing to do is either find a fellow vaper to trade flavors with or if you’re feeling generous, you can just give the bottle to someone who will appreciate it.
Recycling Old Batteries and Mods
Lithium-ion batteries are the most prevalent type of battery used in vaping devices. While they provide hours of vaping enjoyment, Li-ion batteries contain elements that are harmful to the environment, and therefore should never be thrown away with your regular everyday trash.
Permanent Internal Batteries
If you possess a non-functioning mod with permanent internal batteries, you can take your device to a local electronics recycling center or a store like Best Buy. Yes, most Best Buy locations actually have recycling bins specifically for electronics located right near the entrance–just drop it in the bin and call it a day.
For unwanted external batteries that you need to recycle, some communities offer curbside pickup. Also, some waste management companies offer battery disposal. You’ll have to give them a call to see if they do. Call2Recycle.org also accepts Li-ion batteries at their local recycling centers. Visit their website to find a location near you.
Due to routine maintenance, replaceable coils are most likely the item you’ll purchase the most. The average lifespan of a coil is two weeks, however, they can last anywhere from a week to over a month, depending on how frequent you vape. Many metal recycling centers will take your old coils as long as they are separated from other metals.
If you’re a vaper who drips their e-liquid, you probably use a myriad of materials to build your coils. That tiny bit of wire might not seem like much when you replace it, but it adds up over time. The different types of wires, such as Stainless Steel, Kanthal, and Nickel should be kept separated so that the recycling service knows how to dispose of it appropriately.
There’s A Recycling Option for Everything
Some brick and mortar vape shops provide recycling options too. Give your local shop a call and identify your options. You can recycle practically anything used for vaping. If protecting the environment is important to you, and it should be, continue to do your part to keep our planet thriving for future generations.
The opinions and other information contained in these blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Nicopure Labs, LLC, owner of the Halo and HaloCigs marks.
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