Medical Device Recycling

What types of medical devices can be recycled?

The types of medical devices that can be recycled vary depending on the type of device, but some common examples include: wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds and mattresses, crutches and other assistive mobility devices, respiratory equipment, nebulizers and oxygen tanks. Additionally, medical instruments such as stethoscopes, thermometers, and examination tables can also be recycled.

What are the benefits of recycling medical devices?

Recycling medical devices has numerous benefits, both to individuals and the environment. One of the primary benefits is that it reduces waste and creates a circular economy for medical equipment, which can help reduce costs associated with purchasing new products. Additionally, recycling medical devices can help reduce environmental pollution caused by hazardous materials such as lead and mercury, which can be found in some medical devices.

What recyclable materials are in medical devices ?

Medical devices are made up of a variety of materials, many of which can be recycled. Common recyclable materials found in medical devices include aluminum, plastic, rubber and glass. Many electronic components such as printed circuit boards and batteries also contain recyclable components. Although Cohen only recycles metal, learn more about where to recycle non-metal materials.

What are the risks of not recycling medical devices?

Not recycling medical devices can have serious environmental and health risks. Medical device products contain hazardous materials such as heavy metals, plastics, and chemicals that can contaminate the environment if not recycled properly. These chemicals can be released into the air, water, or soil when they are tossed in landfills or burned instead of being recycled. 

Can I make money from recycling medical devices?

Recycling medical devices is a great way to get paid, but it’s more than just tossing them in the bin. Factors like hazardous waste can mean extra handling and create small fees for recyclers. Even with a small fee, you’re making the world around you greener and your own life leaner – helping both the environment and economy while decluttering at home. 

Find A Scrap Yard

Cohen operates several public and commercial recycling centers in Ohio and Kentucky.

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