Conventional cigarette butts comprise about 38% of litter that is discarded improperly around the world. These cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, a type of plastic which can take as long as 26 years to biodegrade. Also, an astonishing number of about 540 million trees are cut down each year to cure tobacco and to make paper, filter, and packaging for the cigarette industry.
Given below are some important aspects of how e-cigarettes may cause harm to the environment and ways to minimise it.
Need For Proper Disposal of Vape And E-cigarette Batteries
The two “vape” components in an E-cigarette—the cartridge and the lithium-ion battery—require hazardous waste removal. An e-cigarette battery may be recharged and reused about 300 times. After that, the battery will retire and will eventually have to be disposed of. Without proper disposal, these batteries can pose a serious threat particularly to animals or children, to whom the contents could be toxic.
It is not just one, there are many types of vape batteries that are available nowadays. The best E-cigarette batteries are usually Lithium-ion batteries which are composed of a number of chemicals like mercury, nickel, cadmium, manganese, and electrolytes. Apart from that, there are a lot of new options available when it comes to vape mod batteries such as ICR (LiCoO2 or LiCd), hybrid, IMR (LiMn) and the most popular of them all is 18650 batteries (LiMn2O4, LiNiMnCoO2, LiNiCoAlO2 and many more) which are rechargeable lithium ion batteries. When it comes to 18650 vape mod batteries, it is very tough to say which one is the best because choosing the best 18650 battery depends on mod that is being used and of course on the vaping style. Though selecting the best vape mod battery is a task but in order to increase the lifespan one has to use the charger that is suggested by the vendor.
Batteries that use cathodes with nickel and cobalt were found to have the biggest environmental impacts like depletion of resources, global warming and ecological toxicity leading to adverse effects on human health. Another problem is that if the discarded e-cigarettes are not fully used, they still contain some amount of nicotine liquid, which can pollute the ground and water around disposal areas. The effects of nicotine can range from vomiting and seizures to death.
When these batteries are tossed in the household trash, they reach landfills where they release harmful metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium into the environment causing soil contamination through leaching and ultimately make their way into our water supply. Cadmium and nickel are known human carcinogens and lead has been linked to birth defects and to neurological and developmental damage. Mercury is also highly toxic, especially in vapor form. Another ill-effect can be landfill fires caused by these batteries that can release a significant amount of toxic smoke. These harmful chemicals can endanger wildlife and are potentially hazardous to humans and the environment as a whole.
It is always advisable to use a high quality batter in the first place to avoid hassles after. For instance, a Vapor Slide V2+ has a three times longer lasting battery life than an average vape pen. It also has a 100% ceramic coil cartridge. This prevents the material from touching anything but the ceramic. This gives the closest experience to a dab. The best part about a Vapor Slide is its size. It can easily fit in anyone’s pocket. It has a high amperage and a 14 second shut off which makes it a ‘hybrid’ between a dab and a pen. It can turn a female water pipe into a dab rig!
4 Safe Ways To Dispose Of Batteries
Here are a few ways you can properly dispose of the old batteries-
1. Resell or Donate
If you want to dispose of a e-cigarette battery that is in its proper condition and unbroken, there are companies where you can sell these batteries and earn a few bucks. You can seek professional help from Advanced Chemical Transport - Hazardous Waste Disposal to ensure proper disposal of your batteries. Alternatively, you can also give it to newbies who have started vaping recently, to help them save a couple of bucks on the batteries.
If you have a broken or a leaking battery, the best way to dispose them of is to look for companies or stores that recycle these batteries. Many companies and websites like accept back their used vapes and e-cigarettes and they also have a mailing facility available. You can also check with Best Buy, which has electronic waste recycling at many of its stores. They might not recycle all of them but they have the required equipment to make sure that the disposal is done correctly and safely.
3. Broken Batteries
If you can’t locate a store nearby, you can always find a drop-off point to dispose of. Many environmentally responsible organizations work to make sure that these electronic junks are disposed of the right way. There are several websites that ensures that electronic wastes are disposed off the right and safe way. Collect all of your used batteries and drop them off at one of the drop points ensuring its safe disposal.
4. Precautionary Measures
Avid vape user are aware of vape fires and explosion, which is now very common. It also depends on your personal interest and the necessary precautions you are ready to take to fulfill your responsibilities to the environment. You can also check with the municipal authorities regarding guidelines for electronic waste disposal, or visit one of the many electronic retail stores that offer battery recycling as part of their brand.
E-cigarettes and vapes are doubtlessly more eco-friendly than their conventional counterparts. They have been a boon to heavy smokers as well as the environment by omitting the harmful carbon monoxide and tar involved in traditional smoking. However, e-cigarette leftovers are not benign and require a significant approach in hazardous waste management.