At this point, we can’t think of an era before we all recycled. But it wasn’t very long ago that this concept of recycling was quite foreign. The boom in recycling in the United Kingdom came at the turn of the century. In fact, between the year 2000 and the year 2010, household recycling in the UK skyrocketed 235% according to Wikepedia . While it’s true that awareness of recycling has improved leaps and bounds in the UK, there are still blind spots. There are just certain items that people do not realize are important to recycle. One of these items is an e-cig or vapour device battery.
Why It’s Important
Unlike most other products that you are used to recycling, batteries contain chemical elements that are unique. What makes up a battery is what gives you the power on the go that we all take for granted. Yet the tradeoff for the ingredients that power your batteries is that they do not break down like normal rubbish. The chemical makeup of any kind of battery can take centuries to fully decompose. Not only that, they can pose a threat to their environment if not disposed of properly.
The Growing Concern
There has always been an issue with smokers and litter. The billions of cigarette butts that are deposited into our landfills are yet another aspect of smoking that affects us all. While it’s great that vaping is on its way to overtaking smoking, so much so that Philip Morris sees an end to cigarettes entirely, that doesn’t mean the waste issue has gone away. It’s true that electronic cigarettes and other vapour devices are ahead of the game compared to cigarettes because they don’t leave ash or cigarette butts. That doesn’t mean there isn’t something to dispose of, however. As the numbers of people who vape in the UK continue to climb, this is a growing concern.
How to Recycle
The good news is that there is something you can do about it and we’ve done our best to make it very easy. We’ll preface this by saying that V2 Cigs products are all compliant with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment [WEEE] Regulations. WEE is a UK law we take very seriously, and thus all relevant products produced after the 13th of August 2015 have been marked with the crossed-out wheel-bin symbol. This indicates to consumers that they should not be thrown out with the regular rubbish.
Any WEEE item can be dropped off in the proper receptacles around the UK, and you’ll find vapour device batteries to be no different in that regard. However, we do make it even easier for you to be a responsible vaper. Once you are completely finished with your battery (which probably means it won’t take a charge anymore), you can simply send them in to us and we’ll take care of the recycling process for you. This is something clearly outlined on the WEEE compliance page of our website, but you can feel free to reach out to us at Tel: 01733 555 555 or at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be glad to help in instructing you on where to send your batteries. The most important part of all this is to become conscientious consumers and especially so with batteries. We have a duty to keep our country clean and environmentally sound in any way we can. Certainly making sure our e-cig and vapour device batteries are disposed of and recycled properly is a small thing we can all do as vapers.