Ban disposable vapes
Support our call on UK Government to ban disposable vapes.
We are encouraged by the promise made by Rishi Sunak regarding restrictions on disposable vapes in his speech at the Conservative Party Conference 2023. However, we must question whether these restrictions go far enough. According to a recent survey conducted among our supporters, over 90% of them would like to see a complete ban on the sale of disposable vapes. Such a blanket ban would effectively address the threats posed to our already struggling wildlife and environment.
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The problem with disposable vapes
A massive 5 million disposable vapes are thrown away weekly in the UK. This is four times the amount since Material Focus first researched the issue only a year ago, and equates to a whopping 8 vapes per second. This unbelievable figure is creating yet more hazardous litter to the environment and places our precious wildlife at risk.
Vapes are a danger to animals
FireThe lithium-ion batteries in vapes can overheat and cause a fire if they are not handled or disposed of properly. This can not only cause harm to individuals but also lead to devastating wildfires that can destroy habitats and threaten wildlife.
Ingestion, poisoning, and choking hazardsAnimals such as birds, fish, and marine mammals often mistake vapes for food and can suffer from internal injuries or even death as a result. These hazards also apply to young children who may accidentally ingest vapes or the liquid nicotine contained within them.
Make sure disposable vapes are banned
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Recycle vapes responsibly
In the meantime, it's important to dispose of vapes properly. Remember, vapes shouldn't be placed in normal household bins or battery recycling points usually found within supermarket entrances.
How to recycle vapes
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