January 21, 2023
The Scottish government has on Friday commissioned an urgent review of the environmental impacts and management of single-use vapes.
Zero Waste Scotland will lead on the review, which will consider international experience and action, including any key developments in the European Union.
Earlier on Thursday, Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has said that a potential ban on single-use disposable vapes will be considered following an evidence review by experts.
Announcing the review, the government reiterated that the review will inform potential policy responses, which could include a ban of the products. Other approaches could include increasing access to responsible disposal options, improved product design or public communications campaigns.
“Not only are single-use vapes bad for public health, they are also bad for the environment. From litter on our streets, to the risk of fires in waste facilities, there are issues which need to be addressed urgently,” Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater said.
“We will consider the evidence and expert advice and come forward with policy options, which could include a potential ban on single-use vapes.
“In the meantime, we would urge everyone who uses these products to make sure they are disposed of properly.”
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Any form of littering is an unacceptable, anti-social behaviour, that is damaging to the environment and the economy. Single-use items, like disposable vapes, are becoming an all-too-common eyesore in areas where we live, work, and socialise, and can last in our environment for years and years. Tackling our throwaway culture is a priority here at Zero Waste Scotland and we are happy to lead on this important review.”