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How to dispose of Old used supplies

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How to dispose of Old used supplies

Postby Grateful! » Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:44 pm

I like to recycle and not throw things in the trash if they can be recycled. Is there a proper way to dispose of/recycle old used supplies like old tubing, masks, etc.? I could not find anything on it but I am sure someone has asked this before.
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Re: How to dispose of Old used supplies

Postby Daniel » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:14 pm

Grateful! wrote:I like to recycle and not throw things in the trash if they can be recycled. Is there a proper way to dispose of/recycle old used supplies like old tubing, masks, etc.? I could not find anything on it but I am sure someone has asked this before.


I usually get rid of tubes and mask frames in the 'Plastics' section of our recycling centre, head gear with 'fabrics' and my two old machines have gone back to the DME that supplied them.

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Postby Grateful! » Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:46 pm

Thank yoiu Daniel!
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Postby Bearded One » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:12 pm

I don't think that there is any way to easily recycle the silicone and 'gel' parts, those have to go to the landfill. Foam air filters can be recycled with plastics. I think that the white filters can probably be recycled with plastics. As long as it doesn't contain latex, the headgear can probably be recycled with plastic.
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Postby Dianne » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:58 pm

What about old cpap machines? We have two.

One is a Respironics without cflex, and the second was returned from Respironcs "repaired" and still has runaway pressure. Does anyone take donations of this type of cpap?
Dianne's: Remstar Auto M, C-flex, smart card. Mask: Swift LT. AHI- 23, lowest blood ox 80%.

John's: Resmed S8 Autoset II w/EPR, Mask: Respironics Profile-lite
severe apnea, Cpap user for more than 20 years.
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