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At Martek Lifecare, we are committed to positively impacting both the environment and the lives of those in our community. Our defibrillator recycling programme, per WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) guidelines, is how we accomplish this.
Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are crucial in saving lives during cardiac emergencies. At the end of its life, in line with the WEEE regulations 2007, it is important to recycle AEDs. This will prevent them from going into landfill but will be recycled.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is a category of waste that includes discarded electrical and electronic devices like AEDs and appliances. Examples of WEEE include computers, televisions, cell phones, and other household and office equipment. The disposal of WEEE is regulated in the UK to ensure that these items are properly recycled or disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. The goal is to prevent the release of toxic materials into the environment and to conserve resources by recycling valuable metals and other materials from the discarded equipment.
Ensure that the device is no longer in use and has reached the end of life.
AEDs can be returned in person or sent by courier to the Martek Lifecare office, clearly marked for recycling. Once the device has been delivered, it will be recycled or properly disposed of.
Electrode pads should be checked for expiry date and replaced when they reach the end of their useful life. Silica gel deteriorates over time, so the pads may not attach properly to patients. Customers with expired electrode pads are encouraged to keep them for training purposes or donate them to a first aid training agency. If the electrode pads have not been used in a cardiac arrest rescue, they can be thrown away as normal waste. It is advised to cut the electrode wires after removing the pads from the defibrillator unit and before discarding them to avoid reuse.
As with any other battery, defibrillator batteries may be recycled. In addition to the collection bins provided by supermarkets and stores that sell batteries, some town halls, libraries, and schools may also have collection points. Customers may find it easier to access stores near their homes.
Visit www.recyclenow.com to find the recycling centre closest to you.
Discover more about the importance of AED’s with the Martek Lifecare blog.