The MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie MSP, has welcomed a report commissioned by the Scottish Government which seeks to address the environmental issues that arise from the use and improper disposal of disposable vapes.
The report, delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, highlighted the harrowing environmental impact of single-use disposable vapes.
The report stated that around 26 million disposable vapes were consumed in Scotland in the last year, of which 10% were littered, and more than half were improperly disposed of.
This created a huge amount of carbon emissions, which is the same level as would be produced by 2100 cars on Scotland’s roads.
Further, it is estimated that over 500,000 people in Scotland vape, showing that the potential for environmental harm increasing from disposable vapes is a serious threat.
The report has laid out 9 potential measures that the Scottish Government will now consider.
Commenting on the report, Christina said:
“The environmental impact of disposable vapes has been discussed for a prolonged period of time, so I welcome the promulgation of serious research into this subject.
“The figures are harrowing – we are all aware of the existential threat of climate change, and every single person, including government’s, have an obligation to take the necessary steps to reach net-zero, reduce the negative impacts of climate change, and act as good community citizens.
“I know that the Scottish Government takes climate change seriously, and the SNP is committed to tackling climate injustice, as well as safeguarding the future of our nation, and protecting our future generations from this man-made disaster.
“There are many fronts on which climate change needs to be fought, but the improper disposal of these popular single-use vapes is fast emerging as a clear front that we must dominate.
“This is why it is absolutely critical that Zero Waste delivered this clear, detailed report, which has outlined numerous clear areas where we can take action.
“I have every faith that the Scottish Government will deliver here.”