Recycling vapes

Recycle your vape – and save precious resources from going up in smoke.

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Vape recycling near me

Why recycle vapes?

Breathtaking facts about the vape.

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We’re throwing away millions of vapes

In the UK we buy 30 million single-use a month by adults aged 16+ – almost double compared to July 2022.

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5 million single-use vapes a week binned

Single-use vapes are a big problem – we’re chucking away almost 8 every second. They might be called disposable but they should still be recycled.

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There’s hidden treasure inside vapes

Vape kits contain lithium – also a vital component in electric car batteries. Recycling vapes would save almost 5,000 electric cars worth of lithium from being lost forever.

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Piling on the problem of e-waste

Vapes are quickly becoming part of the fastest growing waste stream in the UK, where we bin over 155,000 tonnes of electrical waste a year.

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How and why you should recycle your vapes!

Watch this video to discover the environmental impact of vapes and how they can be recycled. Never bin and always recycle your vapes safely.


5,000 electric vehicles

We lose 10 tonnes of lithium each year when ‘disposable’ single-use vapes are simply thrown away.

That lithium could make batteries for whole fleets of electric cars.

How to recycle vapes

It’s as easy as ABC

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Can you remove the battery from your vape kit? If so, take it out and recycle separately. Can’t remove the batteries? Add the whole vaping kit to your electrical recycling.

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Find a bag for all your old electrical bits and pieces until you can go to the recycling centre – or until collection day, if you have one. Put the electrical bit of your vape kit in the bag.

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Find your nearest recycling point. Enter your postcode in our recycling locator. And away you go.

Where can you recycle vapes?

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Where to recycle vapes and other electrical items