By Jennifer McRae

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Boulder County wants to help people properly dispose of vaping devices. Health officials hosted a drop-off event called “Vaper Aware Take Back.”

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Organizers at the event collected old vape devices for safe disposal. Those materials shouldn’t be thrown in regular waste receptacles. That’s because they are considered hazardous and can catch fire.

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“Vape batteries, sometimes they can actually explode or cause fires. So, if you’re throwing that at home or somewhere like out in a park or open space, we don’t want a fire being caused there,” said Amanda Trinh with Boulder County Health.

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The e-liquid or “juice” may also contain nicotine and other toxic substances. When not disposed of properly, that can leak into the ground or contaminate the water.

Jennifer McRae