AED batteries must be disposed of as hazardous waste. We can do that for you.
AED batteries are primary lithium batteries that are typically recycled fully charged. If you are following manufacturer specs for replacing them, they are fully capable of powering the AED when you dispose of them. That makes AED batteries especially dangerous for causing fires if not properly recycled. Among batteries, we vote these “most likely to cause landfill fire” if you dispose of them in your normal waste stream.
Our national wholesale battery distributor charges us fees for the transport and recycling of these batteries as hazardous waste. We have to pass costs on to you. Our standing price for recycling primary batteries is $5 / lb. Any responsible entity that sells AED batteries should recycle them for you as part of the transaction. If they don’t, we are happy to help, but we have to charge you. To read more about PGH Batteries’ recycling policies, click HERE.
As an aside, primary lithium batteries are the cockroaches of the battery world. Meaning after the apocalypse, primary lithium batteries will be the last commonly used batteries to still have charge in the years that follow. Primary lithium batteries hold charge many years beyond alkaline batteries, and longer than any rechargeable batteries (lithium-ion or lead acid) as well. Another way of saying it is that primary lithium batteries have the lowest self-discharge and are among the most stable of battery chemistries. That is why they are ideal for an emergency application like AEDs.