Hearing Aids (Non-Rechargeable) E-Waste Hearing aids are e-waste that can be disposed of through the County Household Hazardous Waste Program. Hearing aid batteries are also household hazardous waste. Many newer hearing aids are rechargeable and their charging stations should be disposed of as household hazardous waste as well. Recycle Batteries Separately Most hearing aids have batteries that contain mercury and cannot be thrown out. You can store these batteries in a small container and recycle them when the container is partially filled. Find out how to recycle these batteries. OK in the Garbage Hearing aids can be thrown in the garbage. Remember to first remove the batteries to dispose of separately, since they most likely contain mercury. Did You Know? New Hearing Aids Reach Only 10 Percent in Need Hearing aids that are produced annually only reach 10 percent of those in need of them. The World Health Organization estimates that 360 million people have hearing loss. This means about 324 million people who need hearing aids either don’t have one, or most likely received one through donations.