With the rise of disposable vapes and the lack of eco-friendly packaging available in today’s market, landfills are filling up more and more with cannabis-related waste. That’s why at Cinder, we want to keep all of our stoners in the loop on how to recycle and properly dispose of their cannabis waste. Show some love to the Earth that grew that weed you’re smoking!
Disposable Vapes & Batteries
With all the new component designs coming to the market, it’s hard to resist the temptation to buy a new disposable. Plus, there’s no need to deny yourself the pleasure of having a disposable vape! If you follow these steps, you can easily and safely dispose of your disposable yourself.
Before you start, make sure your disposable or battery is placed in a clear, sealed bag. This ensures that it won’t leak and is required by most battery recycling centers. Once your disposable is safely sealed, you can drop it off at the Household Hazardous Waste drop-off area at the Waste To Energy Facility at 2900 S. Geiger Boulevard here in Spokane.
With so many different types of packaging on the shelves it’s hard to know how to properly dispose of each kind. Here’s a list of popular types of cannabis packaging and how to properly dispose of them.
Despite being plastic, mylar bags are non-recyclable due to their metallic coating. As a result, mylar bags must sadly be put in the trash. That being said, you can extend the life of your mylar bags by repurposing them! Give your mylar bag a thorough washing, then use it to store other things around your house like loose-leaf teas, spices, or anything else that’ll fit!
Glass jars are recyclable! To prep them for recycling, take off the lid and soak the jar in hot soapy water for around 5 minutes. Then, peel off any labels and scrub off any residue. Once your glass jar is clean, you can toss it in the recycling. You can also repurpose your glass jars for storing other things around the house like spices, soap, or anything else that’ll fit. As for the lid, it will sadly have to go in the trash.
Despite being made of plastic, pre-roll tubes are non-recyclable due to Washington state regulations. These regulations state that any plastic tube material that has a lid smaller than 3 inches across cannot be recycled and must be sent to a landfill. That being said, brands like Ravengrass provide eco-friendly alternatives like their amber glass joint vials. So, if you’re an eco-conscious joint smoker, consider looking for brands that offer eco-friendly packaging or rolling/packing your own joints.
Aluminum is recyclable! Despite being one of the rarer materials used to package cannabis, we’ve seen some brands switch over to aluminum jars recently and hope more brands follow suit.
If the paper is uncoated, it can be recycled! If it is coated or contains any plastic, it must sadly go in the trash. You can always repurpose non-recyclable boxes into storage for small items like rings, bobby pins, or keep using it to store other pre-rolls.
Even if they’re made of paper, you should never litter your butts! Not only is it bad for the planet, but it can be dangerous to animals. That’s right, squirrels, raccoons, and even dogs have been known to eat joint butts off of the ground. As a result, these animals suffer from cannabis poisoning and can become extremely ill. So, think of your furry friends and don’t litter your butts! Instead, toss them in the nearest trash receptacle.
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