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Best E-Cigarette Recycling Schemes in the UK

By Oliver Smith 2nd April 2024 3 Mins
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In the UK, the importance of recycling e-cigarettes is increasingly recognised.

With the increase in demand for single-use vapes, it has become even more crucial for vapers to be able to access and understand the importance of appropriate waste disposal for their favourite vape products.

The UK has several effective e-cigarette recycling schemes that not only help to reduce environmental impact but also encourage users to adopt sustainable practices.

How to Recycle Your E-Cigarettes

Recycling e-cigarettes is a straightforward process… users can remove the battery from their vape kit if possible and recycle it separately.

If the batteries cannot be removed, the whole vaping kit can be added to electrical recycling.

Users can collect their old electrical bits and pieces until they can go to the recycling centre or until collection day.

Where to Find E-Cigarette Recycling Bins

E-cigarette recycling bins can be found at various locations across the UK, with supermarkets, car parks, and designated roadside areas all having electrical recycling bins.

Thousands of shops across the UK now take back old electricals for recycling if you’re buying a new one from them.

Some councils collect electrical devices for recycling, either with your regular waste collection or by special arrangement.

Our Top 3 Vape Recycling Schemes

There is another option you can use to recycle your vapes… and that is a recycling scheme. Many vape shops and e-cigarette brands now operate their very own take-back schemes to help you recycle your vaping products effectively.

Here are three vape recycling schemes we recommend.

FEELM and RELX’s Recycling Scheme

FEELM and RELX have launched the UK vape industry’s first whole-chain recycling scheme for single-use devices.

The initiative involves a household collection system, a transparent recycling process, and retailer partnerships to make it as easy as possible for consumers to participate.

Consumers can send their used vapes to FEELM either through pre-paid postage labels downloaded online or by visiting one of the retail partners.

For every ten used devices sent back, RELX provides a brand new RELX Magic Go disposable vape with FEELM Max technology.

Project Green Wings

ELUX, in cooperation with the Green Wings Project brand, has brought recycling schemes/bins to key UK cities.

They plan to cover more countries and cities across the European region and globally in the future.

The initiative involves a household collection system, a transparent recycling process, and retailer partnerships.

Consumers can send their used vapes to ELUX either through pre-paid postage labels downloaded online or by visiting one of the retail partners.

‘Wicked Recycle’

Totally Wicked has launched a national vape recycling initiative in partnership with Veolia, a sustainability solutions provider.

They have installed vape disposal bins in over 150 of their stores nationwide where customers can return any brand of vape bought from any retailer for free.

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