Whenever you need to replace dead batteries with new ones, I would hope that you don’t simply toss the old batteries into the trash! These batteries contain toxic materials such as zinc and mercury, bad stuff for the Earth.
At a time, I just tossed my old hearing aid batteries into the trash without thinking about it. I was lazy and did not care to stop and think about how I can responsibly discard the old batteries. Because they are tiny, it is easy to overlook their impact. Small things add up. Consider how many Americans use hearing aids and cochlear implants (several millions!). Then, add in the rest of the world. It all comes to an overwhelming amount of batteries wasting away in the landfills, leaching their toxic materials into the Earth and its waters.
It would be best to put the old hearing aid batteries into a container (away from heat, direct sunlight, fire, and flammable materials). When you have collected a bunch of them, you can simply drop them off at a place that will recycle the batteries. The recycling process involves extracting the toxic materials in the batteries making the battery harmless enough to throw into the landfill (Bright Hub – How to Recycle Hearing Aid Batteries, 2010).
Here are some places that will accept old hearing aid and cochlear implant batteries and recycle them:
- Hearing aid retailers and dispensers
Or you can go to Earth911.com to find centers near you that accept used hearing aid batteries for recycling.
I try to make it fun by putting my old batteries in interesting containers, such as this cactus shaped one:
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This container motivates me to collect my batteries for recycling. When I am away from my handy cactus container and need to replace a dead battery, I make sure I put the dead battery in a plastic baggie or small container I carry in my purse or bag.
Recycling hearing aid batteries is super easy and requires little effort. Next time you change your hearing aid or cochlear implant battery, please resist the urge to throw it away and consider recycling.