According to a report by British media betterretailing on January 4, e-cigarette suppliers may be responsible for funding direct household recycling of their own products in the near future. The move is part of a series of measures jointly consulted by the UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to increase the reuse and recycling of electronics.
Under the plan, from 2026, areas across the UK will improve the environment by recycling waste electrical appliances directly from households, which will be funded by appliance manufacturers, including e-cigarette suppliers, rather than through traditional bin disposal. Additionally, retailers will also be responsible for recycling unwanted or damaged large appliances.
Jacob Heller, executive director of the Environmental Services Association, said: "Discarded electronic devices, especially e-cigarettes, contain powerful batteries that cause hundreds of fires every year when they are not responsibly recycled. So we want to help. These devices provide convenient and widespread household collection services to change the negative impact of battery fires on the industry."