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Elfbar and SGF to provide 1,000 free recycling bins for used vapes

October 11, 2023

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Elfbar and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) have announced the free provision of 1,000 co-branded in-store vape bins to SGF members.

Many retailers and outlets in Scotland already provide free used vape take-back services and the SGF said this campaign will significantly increase this offering in the convenience sector.

The provision of 1,000 free co-branded bins to SGF members will begin in mid-October.

Current recycling points for used Elfbar products is available via the Recycle Your Electricals postcode locator.

Pete Cheema

“SGF welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with Elfbar to help retailers play their part tackling the environmental damage done by single-use, disposable vaping products. They can be an important gateway to long-term vaping products for those quitting smoking, but they must stop appearing on our streets and in our parks,” SGF chief executive Pete Cheema said.

“SGF promotes responsible community retailing and so the opportunity to provide, with Elfbar, 1,000 free in-store vaping bins to retailers is an important step forward and will feed into the process of providing easy waste and recycling options for disposable vaping products.

“We would encourage retailers sign up for a free vaping bin and they will have the perfect opportunity to do so at our SGF Annual Conference which takes places over 12th & 13th October at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.”

Eve Peters

Eve Peters, director of government affairs and spokesperson for Elfbar in the UK, added: “Elfbar is delighted to be working with SGF in the development and delivery of this vital campaign to increase recycling points for used vapes in the convenience sector across Scotland. Single-use vapes are a key entry point for adult smoker’s looking to quit smoking for good, however it is vital that they are disposed of responsibly. As our recently commissioned research shows, the provision of in-store vape bins is the most effective way to increase recycling rates.”

Earlier this month, SGF has announced the roll-out of a pilot programme providing a fully funded recycling programme for used vapes in partnership with Elfbar.