Electronic cigarettes - new restrictions in Ireland 0

Will disposable electronic cigarettes be banned?

The government plans to completely ban the sale of disposable electronic cigarettes in Ireland. This decision is part of a wider material reuse strategy in Ireland.

The case was announced by the Minister of State Ossian Smyth, who pointed out that disposable e-cigarettes do not meet the environmental protection requirements of the Irish government. Such vaporizers contain a lithium-ion battery, electronics, copper and plastic, and these are valuable materials that end up in the trash - says the minister.

Waste segregation

From next year, all businesses in Ireland will have to sort their waste as households do.
Therefore, single-use electronic cigarettes should be completely phased out as they cannot be recycled.

Minister Smyth announced that public consultations on this subject will be conducted first. However, in his opinion, this plan enjoys great public support.

Environmentalists and the recycling industry are calling for a ban on disposable e-cigarettes

Disposable e-cigarettes have been spreading in Ireland for several months. As Irish waste disposal companies wish, products should not exist in the first place: disposable electronic cigarettes waste resources, generate unnecessary waste and are often disposed of improperly.

Due to the boom in disposable e-cigarettes, the Irish waste disposal industry is demanding a ban on these disposable items. "This is a pure waste of raw materials," said the president of the industry association of the Press Agency. "The proper consequence would be a ban."

Since politicians have already banned the use of cotton swabs or plastic drinking straws, they should "ban this filth even more effectively." The environmental organization Greenpeace also advocates excluding products from the market.

Huge waste of raw materials

Waste management has long been troubled by the trend towards disposable products with batteries, be it books or greeting cards with mini speakers. If they end up in the residual waste or in the paper bin by mistake, there is a risk of a subsequent fire in the disposal systems due to a short circuit in the electronic waste.

"Every few days we have a fire in the landfill or in the garbage truck." This problem is exacerbated by disposable electronic cigarettes. "The misuse of raw materials in disposable e-cigarettes must therefore stop immediately."

E-cigarettes are electronic waste, not residual waste

According to his estimate, disposable e-cigarettes are hardly ever disposed of at recycling centers. "The material ends up carelessly in the residual waste or in wastepaper baskets on the street," said the president of the waste management association. "Anyone who buys such a product certainly does not waste any thought about proper disposal."

Disposable e-cigarettes appeared on the Irish market only at the beginning of this year in significant quantities and are now estimated to account for about 40 percent of the niche market. On the other hand, sales of reusable electronic cigarettes and related liquids are declining.

Representatives of the e-cigarette industry argue that there is a need for disposable products and must be met. In addition, these simple products find their way to smokers who have not yet reached reusable devices. This is good because e-cigarettes are much less harmful than using tobacco. In addition, industry representatives stress that their stores pick up single-use items and recycle them appropriately as electronic waste.

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