Scottish Disposable Review On The Way

Well the most controversial vaping product – disposable vapes – have been in the news again…

I am torn on the whole debate to be honest, the waste of disposables is a travesty and I believe there should be a “return” scheme with incentives to encourage their recycling.
However there is also a good argument about how a lot of people find complicated vapes intimidating or difficult to use, especially for those with issues around dexterity or sight. So these people should still be allowed to access a product which for them keeps them away from smoking.
Anyway enough of what I think – here is what is going on in Scotland…
Scottish Review of Single-Use Vapes
As you can see from the Tweets included below – there has been quite a lot of pressure for the Scottish Government to look into disposables.

So a document was published on 20th January titled “Environmental Impact of Single-Use Vapes“.
The document says that an “Urgent Review” has been commissioned on the environmental impacts and management of Single-Use Vapes (i.e. disposables). Also the evidence collected will inform future action.
Zero Waste Scotland are the review leaders and the review is in response to…

“emerging concerns around the negative consequences of the disposable devices, will inform potential policy responses, which could include a ban of the products.

The disposable smoking devices have been linked to issues including litter, plastic waste and fire risk.”

So far I am on board – however things get a bit weird after this…

“Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater said:

“Not only are single-use vapes bad for public health, they are also bad for the environment. From litter on our streets, to the risk of fires in waste facilities, there are issues which need to be addressed urgently.

“We will consider the evidence and expert advice and come forward with policy options, which could include a potential ban on single-use vapes.

“In the meantime, we would urge everyone who uses these products to make sure they are disposed of properly.””

Bad for public health – erm no – don’t know who told you that!

However balance is restored by Iain Gulland – Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland who says…

“Any form of littering is an unacceptable, anti-social behaviour, that is damaging to the environment and the economy. Single-use items, like disposable vapes, are becoming an all-too-common eyesore in areas where we live, work, and socialise, and can last in our environment for years and years. Tackling our throwaway culture is a priority here at Zero Waste Scotland and we are happy to lead on this important review.”

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