Hearing Aids (Non-Rechargeable) Alternative ways to recycle E-Waste Drop-Off 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. Alternative Ways to Recycle Donate to Hearing Aid Project The National Hearing Aid Project collects used hearing aids of any age, any brand, and distributes them to those in need. The program is run by Hearing Charities of America (HCOA) and also partners with Lions International. Find out more. Donate to Audicus.com If you send your old hearing aids to Audicus.com, they will send them on 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. 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.