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Call for UK Government to Ban Disposables

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 The Chairman of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), Clyde Loakes, has reached out to the Secretary of State for Environment and the Minister for Environment, expressing concerns about the challenges of recycling disposable e-cigarettes due to their complex material composition, according to a news report by Circular Online. Loakes suggests that the government consider a ban on disposable e-cigarettes due to the high costs, labor intensity, and logistical difficulties associated with recycling them.

An analysis by the environmental recycling organization Material Focus has revealed that 90% of small e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturers in the UK seem to be failing to adhere to environmental regulations. Material Focus had previously highlighted that 1.3 million disposable e-cigarettes are discarded in the country every week.

In this instance, Loakes has called on the government to enforce a ban or hold retailers and manufacturers accountable for managing e-cigarette waste, to demonstrate their dedication to preserving resources and the environment for future generations.

He stated that disposable e-cigarettes are causing a rapid growth in waste flow in the UK, harming vital resources and polluting the Earth’s environment.

Even though we clearly stated that residents should take them to recycling centers or initiate recycling programs, the legal obligations are inconsistent.

Loakes claims that in the presence of readily available reusable alternatives, the use of all disposable products should be ceased.

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