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Biffa, the second largest waste recycling company in British, launches a UK nationwide vape pen products recycling plan. This plan allows consumers to safely discard disposable vape pens through in-store bins.
It is a good way to help solving the waste problem and helping shops and supermarkets comply with the law. The program can achieve 80% recycling of equipment in the disposable vapes.
However, the recycling confusion causes many disposable vapes are wrongly dropped in general waste or as litter.
WEEE(waste electrical and electronic equipment) has strict rules about how to disposal and recycle these vape pen products. Therefore, they must be recycled at household recycling centre, designated collection facility or at the shop where they were bought.
In addition, there are lithium batteries in the disposable vapes, that’s a pollution risk and a fire hazard. Retailers could get up to £5,000 fan per store if they not have a vape return system in place.
This is also helpful for tackling litter and helping shops and supermarkets comply with the law.
Biffa will provide the following service:
What’s more, Biffa also have disposable vape return bins at dozens of places across the UK. These places including the airports, motorway service areas, NHS sites, universities and colleges, railway stations, distribution centers, shopping centers and offices.
Biffa will take these vapes to an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) to dismantle into their constituent parts including battery, casing, electronics, nicotine pads. They will treat each of the components separately. At AATF, 80% of the disposable vapes components can be recycled.
Biffa’s Reactive Services team member, Daniel Barrett, says that:
“It is vital that single use vapes are disposed of properly via trusted Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities. Far too many end up in landfill or being incinerated, preventing perfectly good material like lithium and plastic from being recycled back into new products.