Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries

Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries

ARE YOU DISPOSING OF YOUR HEARING AID BATTERIES PROPERLY?

It’s always a good time to remind everyone of the importance of disposing of your hearing aid batteries properly. Don’t throw your used hearing aid batteries into the trash and never in a fire, because they could explode. In many states you are not required by law to recycle hearing aid batteries, but the state of California classifies hearing aid batteries as Universal Waste (or consider them hazardous waste) and prohibit their being placed in the trash. So whether or not required by law, all users are encouraged to recycle.

WHY RECYCLE HEARING AID BATTERIES?Recycling Hearing Aid Batteries

Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, zinc and nickel. The danger in throwing them in the garbage when used up is that when the batteries are dumped at a landfill, over time, the decaying of the batteries could release harmful chemicals into the environment.  Sometimes the trash is incinerated which leads to certain chemicals being released into the air or can concentrate in the ash produced by the combustion process, either way contaminating the environment.

WHERE CAN YOU RECYCLE YOUR HEARING AID BATTERIES?

The most appropriate way to dispose of your button hearing aid battery is to bring them to a local household hazardous waste collection site. The California Department of Toxic Substance Control offers suggestions to homeowners on how to properly discard batteries. (http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/universalwaste/res_batteries.cfm)

Also the batteries are accepted for recycling at North County Audiology, your local hearing aid retailer and clinic. Contact us for more information.

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Dr. Podlenski

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