Recycle for Scotland

What to do with hearing aids?

24 JUL 20 | 1 minute read

Are you holding on to old hearing aids because you’re not sure what to do with them? 

Hearing aids are not collected as part of your local recycling collection or at household waste and recycling centres. But it is possible to give them to a charity, so read on to find out how. 

Household recycling collection

not currently recycled

Hearing aids can’t be recycled at home.

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

not currently recycled

Hearing aids aren’t accepted at household waste and recycling centres.

Other recycling collections

Recycling facilities exist

Donated hearing aids are repaired, refurbished and sent overseas for reuse in developing countries. Batteries for hearing aids are also wanted.

Collection points for hearing aids can often be found at:

  • Doctors surgeries
  • Hospital audiology departments
  • Private hearing specialists
  • You can drop off hearing aids you no longer need at any Specsavers shop, they will send them to SoundSeekers, an international charity
  • Some charity shops like Help the Aged and Age Concern
  • Organisations i.e. The Lions Clubs 
  • You can post them to Hearing Aid Appeal, Help the Aged, FREEPOST, LON13616, London, EC1B 1PS, where they will distribute them through India.

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.