What kind of waste is vape in the waste separation process?

As we all know, the parts of the vape are mainly divided into two parts: electronic cigarette hardware and cigarette oil and smoke cartridges. Like the heated non-combustible vape, the hardware part of the vape also belongs to e-waste. The cigarette oil cartridge is a type of waste that is difficult to divide. The body of a vape cartridge is generally made of plastic, which is classified as recyclable waste; the atomizer cartridge is classified as e-waste; and the organic cotton impregnated with vape oil is a dry waste. A smoke bomb contains three types of garbage, and because the structure of the smoke bomb cannot be disassembled, this causes difficulties in classification.

At present, there are two main types of vape on the market: one is the heated non-combustible vape represented by IQOS, and the other is the smoking oil-based vape (electronic nicotine delivery system) that is hot on the market.

Heated non-combustible vape contains electronic cigarette hardware and tobacco bombs, which work similarly to ordinary tobacco, and can only reduce the harmfulness of tobacco by heating tobacco at high temperatures but not igniting it, which is relatively easy to classify: electronic cigarette hardware can be classified as e-waste, and tobacco bombs are basically indistinguishable from ordinary cigarette butts and can be classified as dry waste.
Smoke and oil vape cartridges are not yet clearly classified as a type of waste, so they are usually placed in the dry trash (similar to the disposal of items such as lighters). It is inferred that this practice is a result of the difficulty of accurately sorting cigarette pellets. The introduction of garbage sorting was motivated by the need to protect the environment and recycle garbage resources. According to widely circulated scientific information, recycling is the most desirable method of waste disposal compared to traditional waste disposal methods such as sanitary landfills, composting, and incineration. To maximize the use of waste resources, separation is the first step, which separates waste containing hazardous substances from other waste for separate treatment and further promotes environmental protection.
Waste separation aims to protect the environment and promote healthier lifestyles. Compared to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not burn and do not show soot and sparks, so naturally they are not as likely to cause a fire incident as traditional cigarettes