So you have an old oxygen concentrator, and you're ready to upgrade to a new one. This is a great idea, even though your old concentrator might be working fine for you, there are many good reasons to get a new one such as:
- A higher energy efficiency, which means a much lower electric bill.
- More space in your home, since new oxygen concentrators tend to be smaller.
- A better nice rest, or family members who aren't disturbed by the louder hum from older oxygen concentrators.
Recycle or Re-Purpose Your Old Concentrator
Before having your our old oxygen concentrator hauled off to the dump, here are some much more economically and environmentally sound ways to get rid of your old oxygen concentrator, batteries, or parts.
You can try calling the retailer you bought the oxygen concentrator from, or the manufacturer of the concentrator, and ask them if they refurbish them for others to use. Your old oxygen concentrator could be fixed up and used by a medical facility or an individual who cannot afford to buy a brand new one. This is something many people do, since a used oxygen concentrator might be all someone needs, and they can save a lot of money by purchasing one.
If your unit is too old or out of date for a retailer or manufacturer to refurbish, you still might able to find a new life for it, even if it is used as something else. Also, the most worn-out oxygen concentrator will produce enough oxygen to assist a lamp glass maker in heating a torch for glass working. Your old oxygen unit could be used to make art! Put it up on a buy sell trade website and see if you get any takers.
How to Recycle Portable Oxygen Concentrator Batteries
The lithium-ion batteries that come with today's portable oxygen concentrators are known for making life much more fun-filled and convenient. You can expect these batteries to last for an average of 3 years before they begin to lose their charge too quickly to be of much use.
So how do you safely recycle a battery like this? The best way to do this would be to take your old portable oxygen concentrator batteries to your nearest Call 2 Recycle drop off location. Call 2 Recycle is an organization that collects old cell phones and rechargeable batteries to recycle. You don't have to pay anything, you find your nearest drop off point via their drop off locator page (http://www.call2recycle.org/locator/ ) and type in your location. It's likely that you don't have one far from where you live.
Page last updated: November 16, 2018