Hearing Aids (Rechargeable) Alternative ways to recycle E-Waste Never Throw in the Garbage Rechargeable hearing aids contain metals and corrosive chemicals that contaminate the environment if not properly processed. Do not throw hearing aids in the garbage. Rechargeable Devices Cause Fires Rechargeable devices contain sensitive batteries that can start fires when put in the garbage or curbside recycling bin. Always dispose of rechargeable batteries and devices properly to keep sanitation workers safe. Alternative Ways to Recycle Donate to Hearing Aid Project The National Hearing Aid Project collects used hearing aids of any age and brand and distributes them to those in need. The program is run by Hearing Charities of America (HCOA). Find out more. Donate to Audicus If you send your old hearing aids to Audicus, they will send them to Hearing Charities of America to make sure they are given to people in need. As a thank you, you’ll receive a discount on your next purchase from Audicus.com. Learn more. Did You Know? Rechargeable Devices Start Garbage and Recycling Fires All rechargeable devices contain rechargeable batteries. These batteries are sensitive to contact and pressure, so if they get tossed in the garbage or regular recycling, they can easily start fires in garbage trucks or at recycling facilities. Keep sanitation workers safe by making sure your electronic devices are disposed of properly.