Safely Disposing of a Vape Battery

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Did you know vape batteries have to be disposed of in a certain way? It can be dangerous to just throw them in the trash. Here we have all the information on how you should dispose of a vape battery in the correct, safe way.

Vape Batteries should be taken to recycling centers, municipal waste programs, a local dispensary, the manufacturer, or certain retail stores that accept vape batteries. If those options don’t work, the next best alternative is to take apart the batteries with special instructions.

There are certain dangers to be aware of when dealing with vape batteries. If you want to know more details keep reading. We have everything you need to know!

Recycling Centers

Recycling your vape batteries is a great option if you want to dispose of them while helping the environment. Locate your nearest recycling center and contact them to make sure they accept your type of vape battery. They will want to make sure that all of the juice inside the vape is emptied before it is recycled. They may charge a fee due to the processing and handling of the vape battery. If you have any questions, they should be able to answer them.

Municipal Waste Program

GAIACA is the nation’s first fully licensed Compliant Cannabis Waste Management Company. GAIACA works with municipal Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities to work towards a common goal of making a drop-off program for vape pens and batteries. Look up online for a municipality website and contact them to find out what kinds of programs they made are near and available to you.

Local Dispensary

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If you are looking for possible incentives for bringing in your vape batteries, a local dispensary might be your best bet. Locate your nearest local dispensary and bring your vape batteries to them. They may even give incentives for your drop-off! They will take apart and recycle the batteries for you. This option seems like a great way for you to get rid of your batteries safely!


Some vape manufacturers will let you return their used batteries from the device they came from. Find the contact information online of your vape manufacturer, give them a call, and see if they will let you return the battery. They can tell you how you should send the battery to them and if they recycle them. They may even give you a discount on a new battery. This is a super-easy way to get rid of your vape battery safely while not having to do that much work.

Certain Retail Stores

A great opportunity given to you by some retail stores creates another option where you can bring your used batteries into their stores, and they will dispose of and recycle the old batteries. Some stores that participate in this type of program are Best Buy, Lowe’s, and Home Depot. If you have one of these stores near you, go inside and drop off your used batteries on your way home from work.

This is an easy and super safe way to discard your vape batteries, so take advantage of their kindness and go to their stores right now!

Take it Apart Yourself

If none of these options are close to you or would be an option for you, consider trying to take the battery apart yourself:

  1. Discharge each battery and allow it to cool completely
  2. Put the battery in cold saltwater for two whole weeks, it has to be in a secured container with a lid
  3. Wrap them in newspapers and throw them in the trash

This option is not ideal but it is a way to get rid of your batteries without having to go anywhere. This is just as safe as long as you know how to do it and are safe in the discharge of the batteries. I would suggest wearing gloves and watching videos on Youtube to make sure you are doing it correctly. You can only do this if your manufacturer says it is safe and if it is not glued together. Do not try to take apart the battery otherwise as it could be dangerous.

Here is a video to help you discharge your battery.

Things to be Aware Of

Batteries from vapes can be hazardous and therefore very dangerous. If you put your vape battery into the trash or recycling bin, you may cause a fire. Just don’t do it. Either on your own, on a garbage or recycling truck, in the landfill, or if the battery falls on the street, a fire could start and the battery could explode. You could be saving lives and the environment by disposing of your vape batteries properly.

Vape batteries contain lithium and can contain poisonous soil and waterways that are very dangerous. The pollution of the batteries can then hurt our environment. This is why we need to be very careful with vapes and especially the batteries. We don’t want our planet suffering from the harmful effects of lithium batteries.

The Safest Option

The option I would suggest the most is to recycle the vape batteries. Bringing your battery to the recycling center is the best, least time-consuming, and safest option. It allows you to help the environment while still getting what you wanted to be accomplished: getting the batteries disposed of. If you contact GAIACA or a Cannabis Waste Management company, they should be able to tell you just how you should recycle the batteries and why.

E-waste is a big problem in our environment and it is slowly breaking down our world. Take the time to do this small task and properly get rid of your batteries. Recycling may seem like a hassle, but it is so worth the time and energy because of the number of people, animals, and wildlife you would be saving.

In the End…

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After reading all of these different options, pick what is the best option for you. There are a lot of different pros and cons for each option. If one works better than the other, do it! Just make sure to always stay safe. Good luck!


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