Vape Pen and Electronic Cigarette Disposal

by:Runfree     2023-03-30
2022/7/11 Electronic cigarettes and electronic cigarette pens are essentially the same device. They have a battery that powers a heating element or 'atomizer' to vaporize 'juice' containing nicotine or other substances for inhalation. Batteries and juice boxes/cans/pods come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.
Juices, Cartridges & Pods
Juice bottles for refill cans are usually 1 to 4 ounce plastic bottles. (30-120ml) size, but larger bottles are also available. Preloaded cartridges or pods come in a variety of sizes and colors. Juice containing nicotine is dangerous, so full or partially filled bottles and pods should still be sent to your household hazardous waste (HHW) facility for proper disposal. Please contact your county to find out if they accept these items at HHW facilities.
Note: All pods, pods and bottles containing nicotine should be kept out of the reach of children.
Cartridges containing THC, CBD or other cannabis derivatives
These can be thrown in the trash. They usually have a marijuana leaf symbol, but not always. HHW facilities cannot accept these.
single use
These devices contain lithium batteries and can catch fire when placed in the trash or recycling bin. Do not put these items in the trash. For information on proper disposal, contact your county's solid waste or household hazardous waste program.
Devices with rechargeable batteries
Remove the cartridge or pod from the battery. Take the battery to an HHW facility or to a battery recycling facility. Do not place these batteries in 'unattended' rechargeable battery collection boxes, such as at the entrance of a store or public facility. It is illegal to put rechargeable batteries in the trash.
'Push button' and 'Extract' activate the battery
Devices or batteries that have a button that turns on the atomizer are dangerous if left on. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to turn off the battery. Always turn off the battery when the device is not in use and before recycling.
If the battery is turned on, the button may be pressed when placed on top of other items in a pocket, purse, or storage container. Most batteries will continue to heat the atomizer for as long as the button is pressed. Vape pens and e-cigarettes can reach temperatures of 400℉ to 600℉ in seconds. Paper and cotton self-ignite at 451 degrees Fahrenheit, so the device can get hot enough to start a fire.
Removing the battery from the case is a difficult task and often requires tools, so it is not recommended unless you are very familiar with how to do it. If the battery is removed from the case, tape the terminals before storing or transporting the battery to a rechargeable battery collector. Let them know you have a button pen battery when you deliver it so they can set it aside for safe removal and packaging.
The above details how to recycle e-cigarettes, if you want to buy new e-cigarettes, please contact us.
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