A deposit-refund system for bringing back disposable e-vapes to dedicated collecting points for them to be properly recycled.
E-cigarettes are very popular these days and while many people smoke reusable vapes, disposable e-cigarettes, like Whoop, Halt and others are perhaps equally as popular. Disposable ones are convenient because you don't have to worry about changing e-liquids, cartridges, coils, etc., it's a "buy, smoke, and dispose of" way of consuming, this results in an increase of improperly disposed of, not recycled waste.
Apart from plastic parts, disposable vapes have electronics and batteries in them that can't be disposed of in an ordinary manner or even recycled with plastics. They'd have to be disposed of in dedicated places collecting electronic waste. And as you can rightly guess, very little to no people do this. The proposed solution has the following benefits:
Less improperly disposed waste, more recycled materials
Teaches responsibility to consumers
Also good for e-cig businesses due to improved eco-image
Increased price (even if due to deposit) of nicotine products may lower their consumption
Disposable vapes are already expensive compared to reusable ones, it costs considerably more to keep buying single-use e-cigarettes rather than buy a reusable one and just refill it with e-liquid and change the coil from time to time. Adding a deposit on top of that would first make the consumers rethink their choices and second force them to dispose of e-cig waste properly.
It would work in the same manner as deposit systems for recycling plastic and glass bottles and metal cans present in some countries. The receiving part could be automated using deposit return machines as is often the case with beverage containers.
When buying a disposable e-cigarette, the customer would pay a slight additional fee (a deposit) to be refunded when they bring the emptied product to the collecting point. The larger the deposit, the more motivation the customers have to bring it back.