US Recycling Options for Cardiac Science AEDs, Batteries, and Pads

Cardiac Science Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and batteries, like computers, TVs and other consumer electronics, should be disposed of and/or recycled according to federal, state and local regulations. Recycling is a great way to conserve resources and natural materials.


AED Devices

AEDs contain electronic parts like printed circuit boards. When this item is scrapped at the end of its service life, it is classified as “Electronic Waste”.

Electronic waste in certain states can be classified as “Universal Waste” and has specific regulations that must be followed for disposal. You can contact your local or state government to check if your electronic waste falls under this classification. All end of life AEDs should be disposed of through an accredited electronics recycling facility.

When you recycle your Cardiac Science AED please contact Cardiac Science Technical Support so that your unit can be reported as out of service.


AED Batteries

Both rechargeable (lithium-ion) and non-rechargeable (lithium metal) AED batteries are classified as a hazardous material.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies these spent lithium batteries as “Universal Waste” and they must be disposed of accordingly.


AED Pads (Electrodes)

Cardiac Science recommends sending all electrodes to an electronic waste recycler since most of our electrodes contain parts like printed circuit boards which should not be landfilled.


Where and How to Recycle
Each state has its own recycling regulations, so it is worth researching your state’s requirements and provisions.

Start Local
Your city or town website is always a great place to begin. Most municipalities address battery and electronics recycling in the section listing “other types” of recycling on their websites. The following resources may also be helpful.


US Environmental Protection Agency

Commercial Recycling Options
Commercial recycling options are also available and will recycle electronic waste and lithium batteries for a small fee. You may have a local recycler in your area, or there are national recycling providers to whom you can send you waste. An internet search of “electronic waste recycling” or “lithium battery recycling” often provide several viable local or national options.


Returning AEDs and Batteries to Cardiac Science for Recycling

If you would like to send your AED and/or batteries to Cardiac Science for disposal through our contracted recycler, we would be happy to assist you. Our technical support representative will need the following information for the products you wish to dispose of:

  • Quantity
  • Type of item(s) you are disposing

Once the information is setup in our system our technical support representative will provide you detailed instructions and a shipping address.

Please note:
Customers are responsible for all packaging material and the transport costs involved with shipping items to Cardiac Science for recycling. Batteries are considered a hazardous material with special shipping requirements. Please consult with the shipping company on how to properly ship these items. Below are the recycling fees for items:


Recycled Item
Recycling fee
Automated External Defibrillator $12.00 each
Battery (lithium ion or lithium metal) $10.00 each


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