E-cigarettes: The new hazardous waste

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E-cigarettes

MARI A. SCHAEFER / PHILLY.COM – Single-use plastic straws, bags, and coffee pods have captured the attention of the public and legislatures looking to ban products that wind up littering the landscape. But at the same time, e-cigarettes have begun to show up on streets and shores, catching officials off-guard and presenting the challenge of how to deal with litter that is part recyclable and part hazardous waste.

“We started seeing them a number of years ago,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, a nonprofit organization that compiles biannual beach-cleanup reports from the New Jersey Shore. “Most of us didn’t even know what they were.” …

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