Recycling cannabis containers, cartridges, and vape pens: When your cannabis containers, concentrate cartridges, and disposable vape pens are empty, what do you do with them? Well, this has become a problem for some dispensaries where you could just drop off your old concentrate jars and empty vape cartridges. One dispensary in Colorado stopped accepting drop-offs of old product containers because they were just getting to much to recycle.
Recycling your cannabis containers and oil jars should not be that difficult if you just look at the bottom of the containers. There are recycling symbols on most cannabis product containers that are as follows.
Plastic #1 - PETE or PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), is a clear plastic used in water bottles etc.
Plastic #2 - HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), is more of an opaque plastic mostly found in milk jugs, juice bottles, shampoo bottles, etc.
Plastic #4 - LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene), is found in plastic shopping bags, food wraps, freezer bags, clothing, etc.
Plastic #5 - PP (Polypropylene), is found in ketchup bottles, syrup bottles, yogurt containers, medicine bottles, etc.
Glass jars (including glass cartridges, syringes, and dab jars), even if there is no recycle number, should all be recyclable at your local recycling facility.
Before recycling your old cannabis containers, it is a good idea to rinse them out before discarding them. (It is not necessary to remove the labels). As for recycling your old disposable vape pens and batteries, it is not a good idea to throw them in the trash, and your curb-side recycling will not allow them for pick-up. To insure that your old vape pens and batteries are disposed of properly, bring them to your local hazardous material management facility. (The Erie County PA drop off facility is located at 624 Fillmore Ave. Erie, PA). Contact the program representative (Brittany Prischak 814-451-6336), to find out what materials will be accepted and times for drop-off.
There are other alternatives to getting rid of your old containers such as using them for crafts, or storage bins. There are also many charities or local businesses that can put empty containers to use. Local pharmacies, wellness centers, free clinics, and animal shelters can reuse many of these containers for prescriptions. Call a few of these organizations and many will be glad to recycle your containers.
Ask your local dispensary if they recycle any products you purchase from them, or the best way to dispose of them. One way your dispensary will appreciate your recycling is to bring in that fancy sealed bag with you when you return to refill your product. "Keep it clean and go green!"
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