I have been collecting lately disposable lighters as these:enter image description here

I want to recycle them but I don't know exactly what I should do. Should I separate the metallic and plastic parts and recycle them normally? Or should I take the lighters to some special facilities? What should I do with the igniter?

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    Some are also refillable, and the cans of refill gas are recyclable. Apart from prising off some of the metal there's little you can do, as the plastic is the wrong type for most recycling schemes.
    – Chris H
    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:29
  • Stop smoking... Mar 11, 2016 at 10:50

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Yes, especially if you have many of these to recycle, disassembly is likely to improve the positive impact of recycling.

I'm assuming you are speaking of spent lighters (absent of fluid) and that your reference to IGNITER is a reference to the flint-like element that fragments when meshed against the turning thumb wheel and create a spark to ignite the flame. The remaining components are.

  1. Flint-like (igniter) element
  2. Metal hood and retainer
  3. Springs (spring steel)
  4. Metal valve
  5. Thumb (spark) wheel
  6. Plastic body and other components

Recycling the metal separately in a facility that specializes in metal recycling, if available in your region, is certainly an excellent choice. It is most convenient if you take a run to such a facility regularly with all of your metal to be recycled.

For the body, Bic uses polyacetal homopolymer resin, which Dupont brand named Delrin. It is recyclable in some municipal and county recycling systems. You should probably check. Other lighter manufacturers may use other plastics.

Without doing a chemical analysis of several brand's flint-like igniter elements, it is difficult to recommend recycling without some apprehension. Perhaps normal refuse is the correct choice for those without more information.

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