Whether you run an e-liquid vaping facility or you enjoy vaping, many people don’t understand the hazards of tossing vaping products into the garbage. E-liquids are the main concern. E-liquids are bound by EPA and RCRA laws so everyone should be considering the proper disposal of expired or unwanted e-liquids.
The EPA in the USA is the Environmental Protection Agency. It was established by President Richard Nixon in December, 1970. The mission of this organization is to protect human and environmental health. The EPA is run by an administrator with hearings being done in the Senate and standards approved by Congress. The EPA has four functions in the country. Protectecting the environment through environmental licensing, monitoring, analyzing and reporting.
The RCRA is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. It’s a public law that allows for the proper management of hazardous materials and non-hazardous solid waste. The EPA has given authority to create the RCRA program.
Right now, e-liquids have few controls over disposal. But there is some debate over how to properly dispose of them. You don’t want to pour liquids down the drain, as we already know that prescription medications are showing up in our drinkable water supplies due to this. Just as it’s recommended that we return unused or expired medications to pharmacies, it may soon be a requirement that vaping businesses will have to legally and properly dispose of vaping products too.
In the meantime, what should you do? Vapers already feel they have a better understanding of a healthier lifestyle and not creating toxic air pollution. The first step is to avoid tossing your e-liquids down the drain, due to its potential for contaminating our water supply.
Many people also avoid dumping e-juice into a garbage can. The problem with this is that kids, pets, and even wildlife can get into your garbage. You certainly don’t want them to accidentally ingest your e-liquids. There are now recycling hazardous waste facilities that recycle waste materials. They’re treated and separated, before being disposed of in a less toxic form. These businesses can service vaping facilities or plants where there may be a large amount of waste materials created.
As more laws are created, more consumers of vaping products will be encouraged to properly dispose of their products.