From K-Cups to vape carts: Is cannabis the next recycling nightmare?
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Cigarette butts are undoubtedly one of the biggest problems for litter: 4.5 trillion filters are tossed onto the ground worldwide, and they remain the most littered item in the U.S. Yet, while statistics show people are smoking less – or at the very least, turning to vapor products from e-cigarette companies like JUUL – the cannabis industry is alive and growing. So are its problems with marijuana-based waste.

From Keurig brand K-Cups to plastic straws, these ubiquitous products pave the way for faster, cheaper and easier consumption. Enter the strain-based vape pen: arguably one of the most popular ways to "smoke" weed. It's perceived to be a safer alternative to smoking, but the jury is still out when it comes to hidden additives that could be in vapes. At any rate, it's much easier on the respiratory system.

The reason most people turn to strain-based vape pens seems to be simplicity: you buy a pen and choose a cartridge that suits your preference for size and strain. Then, you vape it as frequently or as sparingly as you want. When the cartridge runs out of oil, you buy a new one.