As reported by Recycling Magazine, the Bavarian state government passed a Bundesrat initiative at its meeting on 10 January 2023, calling on the federal government to lobby at EU level for a ban on the sale of such disposable products. The background to the Bavarian initiative is the plan to curb the growing market of disposable products. As sales of disposable e-cigarettes increase, so does the amount of refuse in e-waste, plastic waste and incorrectly disposed of lithium-ion batteries. Batteries of this type are also found in disposable e-cigarettes. In view of this development, the BDE had already called for a comprehensive ban in September last year. In addition, the BBC reports that the Scottish government will also consider a ban on single-use cigarettes, as confirmed by the health minister. This follows a campaign against e-cigarettes, which contain lithium batteries, because they pose a danger to the environment.
In Germany, e-cigarettes are a legally complex product requiring three registrations: A WEEE or ElektroG registration is required for the vaporiser, a battery registration for the rechargeable battery, and a packaging law registration and licence for the packaging.
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