Disposable vaping devices present several challenges to the current waste collection and recycling system, for example:
Where lithium-ion batteries are contained in waste devices, these can present a risk to the health and safety. When damaged, short- circuited, or overheated, these batteries can catch fire
The use of critical raw materials and plastic in a disposable product is wasteful.
These devices have a negative impact on the environment, especially when they are not disposed of in a responsible manner The Government currently has a public consultation and the potential policy options include:
- The establishment of a deposit and return system for disposable vaping devices.
- A ban on the manufacture, sale, distribution, or free offer of disposable vaping devices under the Waste Management Act, 1996, Section 28(4)(i).
- Enhance producer responsibility scheme:
- Ensure all market- placed devices registered with Producer Register Limited. Enforce Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) adequately and raise awareness for responsible recycling through improved education.