E-smoking is clearly becoming more and more mainstream. This is not only evident by the amount of media coverage green cigarettes receive and the number of vapor clouds you can spot while walking around town, but perhaps also by the amount of e-cig litter found on the ground.
A recent news story says that as the e-cig industry evolves and expands, the evidence for this growth is witnessed by the increasing amount of litter making it onto our city streets, sidewalks and public parks. And while the only source the article cites references cigarette butt litter (so who knows if their claim about e-cigs is accurate or not), nevertheless it provides us with great opportunity to talk about the important—yet often neglected—topic of proper e-cig disposal.
One of the great things about green cigarettes is their reusability. The simple fact that e-cigs can recharged over and over again drastically cuts back on waste production compared to traditional smoking, where a few puffs is all you get out of a cigarette. Even disposable e-cigs, which allow people to try e-smoking before they invest in a reusable device, is good for about 500 puffs—much longer than your average cigarette.
Proper E-Cig Disposal & Recycling
While there’s no doubt that e-cigs are a “greener” alternative to traditional cigarettes, it is up to each individual to do their part in minimizing their impact on the environment. One way e-smokers can do this is by making sure they dispose of their e-cig properly and responsibly.
The battery that powers your e-cig should be treated as electronic waste and discarded accordingly. Check with your city regarding its guidelines for electronic waste disposal, or contact a nearby Best Buy and find out if they do e-waste recycling at that particular store.
As far as the rest of the device, Dr. Ranee Kaur Banerjee of Brighthub recommends disposing of your e-cig by following these steps:
- Carefully remove the filler material out of the cartridge.
- Wash it in running water to rinse of nicotine residue.
- Wrap filler in biodegradable material before throwing it in the trash.
- Rinse cartridge under running water.
- Cap it with the original plug.
- Dispose of it as you would any other plastic waste.
Following these steps will help ensure that nicotine won’t contaminate our water sources and is discarded safely.
You can learn more about electronic cigarettes and their environmental footprint by visiting our E-cigarette Library. Also, be sure to check out green cigarettes from Eversmoke today to make your life a little greener and cleaner.