UK’s plan to ban disposables aims to stem ‘growing stream of hard-to-recycle waste’

The UK government’s plan to ban the sale of disposable vapes will drop the number of hard-to-recycle devices that end up littered, environment secretary Steve Barclay said.

Under the plan announced early this week by British prime minister Rishi Sunak, there would be a ban on disposable vapes as well as new powers to restrict vape flavours and a requirement to sell them in plain packaging.

These measures come as part of the government’s response to its consultation on smoking and vaping, which was launched in October last year. This applies across the UK, with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland administrations announcing similar plans.

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Antonia Di Lorenzo

Assistant news editor
Antonia is a member of the editorial team and holds a masters degree in Law from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. She moved in 2013 to London, where she completed a postgraduate course at the London School of Journalism. In the UK, she worked as a news reporter for a financial newswire and a magazine before moving to Barcelona in 2019.

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