This recycling programme is for products only suitable for those 18 years or older. If you or your participants do not vape, or are under the age of 18, please visit our other recycling programmes to see how you can help the environment.
Recycle your used vape products through this programme
TerraCycle, alt. and VAPO have partnered to create a recycling programme for used vaping products! Through this programme your vape waste can now be given a second life, for free.
There are two ways to participate:
Please note: this programme has strict shipping guidelines, see below for more details.
This programme has strict shipping guidelines due to the transportation of batteries. Please read through this check list before shipping your waste:
Participating is completely free and very easy. Simply follow these steps:
This short video explains how you can recycle your alt. and VAPO items through this program.
Programme accepted waste:
- alt. and VAPO brand e-cigarettes (including batteries)
- alt. and VAPO brand e-liquid bottles and pods (must be empty)
- Other brands of e-cigarettes, vaping equipment or accessories
- Cardboard or other external packaging
- Please do not send loose batteries for recycling as part of this program.
Once collected, the e-cigarettes are dismantled and separated into metals/electrical components, batteries and plastics. The plastics are then shredded and melted into pellets that can be remolded to make new recycled products while the metals are separated and recovered.
Click here to learn more about the recycling process.
As thanks for your dedication to diverting waste from landfills, a $1 donation will be made to Sustainable Coastlines for every kilogram of accepted waste sent through this programme. This will support their efforts to look after coastlines and waterways around New Zealand and the Pacific, including large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs and freshwater restoration.
alt. and VAPO have an ambition of working towards a tobacco and smoke-free New Zealand. With each pod eliminating the waste from up to 60 cigarette butts, this world-first programme to make pods fully recyclable is another important step towards a cleaner, greener environment.