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Planet of the vapes: How big a problem are e-cigarettes, and where can they be recycled?

Electronic cigarettes have taken the UK by storm in recent years, with a deluge of varieties for sale on the high street. No social gathering is complete in 2023 without someone puffing away in the corner on a small tube that smells of cherry. Touted as a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking, there are increasing concerns about the health and environmental impacts of vaping. More than 1.3 million single-use vapes are thrown away in Britain each week, according to a study by e-waste recycling organisation Material Focus.

August 02, 2023 by