Electric toothbrushes have become very popular over the years; with dentists highly recommending them over standard toothbrushes. They may be great for your teeth but not so friendly on the environment.
When looking to dispose of your old electric toothbrush, first consider its condition. If it's still in good usable condition; it's worth giving it a new home rather than disposing of it.
Things to do other than disposing:
If your toothbrush is no longer usable, this is then when you can think about disposal. This means doing so correctly via recycling. It is a requirement in most places that electrical products must be recycled. Your toothbrush will more than likely have the logo of a wheelie bin with a cross through it. This will indicate that it is unable to be put into your general rubbish bin. This is because the toothbrush will house a battery; which should never be put into landfill.
Your electric toothbrush is classed as E-waste and therefore should be disposed of accordingly. In most places you are required to recycle all unwanted electrical items.
Places that will take your electric toothbrush for recycling:
These locations will take the main body reusable electric part of your toothbrush. They will not take the detachable brush heads.
Yes it is possible to recycle electric toothbrush heads but only in certain places. You are not able to recycle them in your curb side collection or at your local recycling centre. They are small and made from a mixture of plastics which are not easily separated. They therefore need to be taken to special facilities that are equipped to deal with this.
A company called Terracycle are able to take many types of usually unrecyclable items. Many large brand names have partnered with Terracycle to collect these awkward materials that they produce. Phillips and Colgate have teamed up with Terracycle to offer free brush head recycling. But other brands brush heads are also able to be recycled through them at selected drop off sights.
It is worth checking with the manufacturer to see if they have a program in place to recycle your used brush heads.