Environment & Sustainability
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26th January 2024
- New Zealand: The Ministry of Health has published guidance on removable batteries in vaping devices. The guidance explains how pod-style devices can comply with the new requirements, which have been applicable since 21st December 2023. Retailers, distributors, importers and manufacturers must only sell disposable vapes with removable batteries and, as of 21st March 2024, this requirement will be extended to reusable vaping products.
18th January 2024
- US - Hawaii: House Bill 1693 has been introduced and would require the Department of Health to establish and administer an electronic smoking device disposal programme for the collection and disposal of electronic smoking devices that contain rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. It would also require all retail tobacco stores that sell electronic smoking devices to participate in the programme or be subjected to a fine.
8th January 2024
- US - New York: A series of bills has been introduced in New York state. Bills S 7771 and A 7884 would prohibit the sale of disposable e-cigarettes in the state, while S 7882 would prohibit the sale of vapour products that resemble school supplies or toys, or are packaged or advertised in any way to appeal to or target under-age consumers or the youth population. Bill S 7597 would require e-cigarette manufacturers to submit plans regarding the collection, transportation and recycling of e-cigarettes and lithium-ion batteries to the commissioner of environmental conservation.
11th December 2023
- EU: Answering a parliamentary question on the forthcoming revision of the recommendation on smoke-free environments, the European Commission has said that the revised recommendation will be adopted in early 2024. The Commission has confirmed again that "it is considering extending the coverage of the current recommendation to emerging products, including electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products, and extending the scope to explicitly include certain outdoor spaces".
24th November 2023
- EU: On Wednesday (22nd November), the European Parliament adopted its position on the proposal to revise the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. The directive aims to prevent the generation of packaging waste, reduce it in quantity, ensure that all packaging is recyclable, and increase the use of recycled plastics in packaging. Once the Council has adopted its position, the Parliament is ready to start talks with national governments on the law’s final form.
16th November 2023
- EU: Ignazio Corrao, Italian member of European Parliament (MEP) from the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, has asked the European Commission (EC) a set of questions on the environmental impact of disposable e-cigarettes. Corrao has asked how the EC intends to avoid the infringement of EU legislation on WEEE (governing the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment) since these devices “are generally disposed of as unsorted waste”. The MEP also wanted to know if the Commission believes that the principle that e-cigarette manufacturers must take responsibility for end-of-life management of the product either individually or collectively is being complied with. Lastly, he asked what initiatives the EC is considering to encourage the re-use and proper disposal of e-cigarettes.
8th November 2023
- EU: The European Commission (EC) has published an initiative to adopt a delegated decision on the targeted amendment of the European List of Waste relating to waste batteries and waste from their treatment. The list provides common terminology for classifying waste across the EU, including hazardous waste. The Commission seeks to revise this list to take into account new battery chemistries and rapidly evolving manufacturing and recycling processes. The Commission adoption is planned for the third quarter of 2024.
7th November 2023
- EU: The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) takes place this year during the week of 18th to 26th November. The EWWR is the biggest campaign to raise awareness about waste prevention in Europe. Individuals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), organisations, public authorities, businesses and other bodies can take part in different activities during the week. Those who want to take action may register until 12th November. In 2023, the main topic is packaging, encouraging everyone to be aware of packaging waste and to contribute to its reduction.
25th October 2023
- EU: Yesterday (24th October), the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety voted to adopt the proposal for a regulation on packaging and packaging waste, which aims to make packaging easier to reuse and recycle, to reduce unnecessary packaging and waste, and to promote the use of recycled content. Parliament’s vote on the proposal is expected in November. The proposal is expected to affect packaging requirements for tobacco/vaping products.
13th October 2023
- Global: International E-waste Day is celebrated tomorrow (14th October). The yearly awareness-raising day initiated by the WEEE Forum, an international association of organisations of electronics manufacturers and importers, aims to highlight the growing issue of e-waste and promote responsible e-waste management. Products with electrical or electronic components, including vaping or heated tobacco devices with batteries, should be part of the recycling stream.
11th October 2023
- Lithuania: Darius Valeika, CEO of EMP Recycling, a company that recycles electronics and car waste, has called disposable e-cigarettes “the most unsustainable creation of all time in the electronics industry”, media reports, because of how difficult they are to recycle, requiring a large amount of effort.