Guide to Recycling Disposable Vapes

We previously discussed the considerable damage that disposable vapes inflict on our environment. In this article, we outline how to avoid these consequences and advise the best course of action to discard vapes and all their components responsibly. 

Vape Recycling Bin

So, what’s the best way to safely recycle disposable vapes? While all disposable vapes are different in shape and design, they are generally made up of the same parts. This includes a non-rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a pod containing an atomiser (the part that heats up to turn the liquid into vapour), e-liquid and a cotton wick, as well as wiring and circuitry. All are encased in a plastic external casing. Fortunately, every part of a disposable vape can be recycled.

Glasdon C-Thru Vape Bin

Whilst some sources instruct dismantling a device and separating the battery from the casing as a solution, this can be hazardous due to the combustible and explosive properties of lithium-ion batteries.

However, if you are able to safely remove, dispose of the battery at a recycling centre or place it in a dedicated Battery Recycling Bin for future recycling.

Best Practices for Safe Disposal

The best approach is to safely collect and store the vapes whole in dedicated Vape Recycling Bins. Once collected, you or your organisation can choose one of the following options for disposal. 

  • With your Recycling Collection
    Your council may provide a regular service for collecting household electrical waste or can be contacted to arrange a special collection. To learn more details, get in touch with your local authority.

  • At your Local Recycling Centre
    All waste and recycling centres for domestic use have containers specifically designated for electrical items and batteries. 

  • In Store
    Thousands of large retailers and shops across the country now offer drop-off points as part of the UK’s WEEE Distributor Takeback Scheme. Eligible retailers must take back waste of the same item type, regardless of bought online or in-store, or even brand.

  • At Recycling Banks
    Certain supermarkets, car parks and designated roadside spots provide electrical recycling containers.

  • Use the Recycle Your Electricals Locator
    This tool simplifies the process of locating one of these services near you. Simply put in your postcode and you're ready to go!

By choosing one of these options, vapes are guaranteed to enter a recycling centre. Here, batteries are safely removed and the device is dismantled with automated and manual techniques. The components are classified according to their material characteristics, such as metals or plastics, and sanitized afterwards. Collectable substances are sent to relevant experts – such as plastics for further treatment and metals to smelters – for example.*

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How Can An Organisation Act?

Ensure that vape users have access to the correct knowledge and resources to handle and dispose of their vaping products responsibly.

For outside and inside disposal, Glasdon offers a range of transparent collection tubes and containers with brightly coloured apertures and graphics to encourage responsible disposal. These bins are ideal for businesses, offices, retail and universities. Their transparent design helps reduce cross-contamination, which will play a vital role in recycling such hazardous content.

C-Thru Vape Recycling Bin

Nexus 30 Vape Recycling Bin

To help create a clean, risk-free environment, our selection of Vaping Shelters & Canopies can provide weather protection for your designated vaping area. Complete this facility with dedicated vaping bins to keep areas clean and tidy.

Vaping Shelters

What Else Can Be Done?


A survey conducted by Businesses Waste discovered that 40% of the British population have never recycled their batteries, and a quarter didn’t know batteries could be recycled at all.* The same will apply to the disposal methods of vapes. Informing and educating on the dangers of incorrectly disposing of vapes is vital to ensure you or your organisation takes vape recycling seriously.

Switch to Reusable

Make the switch to refillable & rechargeable vapes. Granted, whilst they still use the same harmful materials and components, opting to ditch the disposable and move to a reusable method of vaping is highly beneficial for the environment and could possibly even save you money in the long run!

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