No joke: laughing gas ban has created ‘deadly waste hazard’

“It’s a miracle no one has been hurt, or worse”
Dutch News (Netherlands)
Friday, September 1, 2023

laughing gas cannistersMeasures to dispose of laughing glass cylinders have turned the flasks into a potentially deadly hazard, waste processing industry body NVRD has warned. The problem started when the use of the popular party drug laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, was banned at the start of this year without any system for disposing of the canisters, NVRD director Wendy de Wild told the AD. A deposit system, where empty cylinders could be handed in to providers, was abandoned when the ban came into effect, resulting in dozens of potentially dangerous explosions as cylinders were thrown out with the household waste.