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What do you do with old electric toothbrushes?

Last Updated: 10th March, 2020

Separate the metal portions of the toothbrush from the plastic portions of the toothbrush. Put the metal portions in the appropriate recycling container and the plastic portions in the appropriate recycling container if your local recycling agency or electronics recycling agency recycles electric toothbrushes.

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Keeping this in consideration, can I recycle my old electric toothbrush?

An electric toothbrush contains plastic batteries and electrical components. The batteries in particular should not be disposed with or amongst your 'normal' waste. The chemicals in the battery can be dangerous to the environment if disposed amongst general waste that goes to landfill. It should therefore be recycled.

Subsequently, question is, how do I dispose of an electric toothbrush UK? There are several ways to recycle an electric toothbrush in the UK.

  1. Kerbside collection. Your local authority may collect small electrical items such as electric toothbrushes if you arrange a kerbside collection.
  2. Recycling bring site.
  3. Recycling centre.
  4. Currys.
  5. Shops.

Subsequently, one may also ask, are Oral B toothbrushes recyclable?

Our toothbrush handles are recyclable unlike other brands. Most other brands of toothbrushes are over molded which means they use more than 1 type of plastic and cannot be recycled. For example, a typical Oral B handle uses rubber (TPE) and Polypropylene. Our handles are only one type of plastic or they are reusable.

Can you recycle Sonicare toothbrushes?

Each of those materials – battery, metal and plastic – are recyclable by themselves. At time of publish, it appears that neither of the two major electric toothbrush manufacturers – Oral B and Philips (Sonicare) – have dedicated take-back recycling program for the entire product.

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