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This entry was posted on 27th April 2011 by Stuart Cantebury.
Where to Recycle Hearing Aid Batteries? When you wear hearing aids, it's easy to find yourself with a pile of tiny used batteries. How should you dispose of them safely or even better - recycle them?
1. Never burn batteries as it might lead to an explosion or release harmful chemicals into the air.
2. Check with your local authority about possible collection hubs. For UK Customers the BatteryBack website has a useful map of locations which take back used batteries. If you have decided to accumulate large numbers of used batteries before safely disposing of them, store them well away from children and pets. We have previously written a blog post on how to store hearing aid batteries which makes useful reading, as some of the tips are applicable for storing used batteries as well.
3. In some rare cases, your local authority cannot help, but not all is lost. Check with your local doctor's surgery, NHS audiology department, pharmacy or even a local library.
4. Try to recycle the packing that came with them. Hearing aid wearers can go through many packs of batteries during a given year and therefore the packaging on its own is a goal for recycling.
Most batteries were discarded into landfill before regulations came into force. Batteries contain various hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium. It can be damaging to the environment to dispose of them through landfill and burning batteries also causes atmospheric pollution. Also, the resources reclaimed from the batteries are the very same materials being mined (at great cost) in other parts of the world. By helping to recycle batteries not only are you helping the environment but also helping to keep down the cost of new batteries.
Increasingly you can get hearing aids which are rechargeable. You can plug them into a USB cable or a charging cradle overnight to get a full day's use. So if you don't want to worry about batteries any more or find the smaller size batteries hard to cope with then have a look at the rechargeable hearing aids we stock.
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This entry was posted in Hearing Aid Batteries and tagged hearing aid batteries, UK on 27th April 2011 by Stuart Cantebury.
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