Alternative ways to recycle
Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Collection 
Nebulizers need special handling to avoid toxic exposure for waste workers, the community, and the environment.

City Specific Disposal Options
Please check with your city page (residential or commercial) to confirm if additional options are available, such as home collection, drop-off locations, and/or events. (These options vary per city.)

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-Off
Your city or county may offer HHW drop-off sites and collection events.
– Los Angeles County: S.A.F.E. Collection Centers and events
– Riverside County
– San Bernardino County
– Ventura County 

Disposal Options For Businesses
Hazardous waste cannot be placed in your containers. Schedule a Special Waste Collection by emailing [email protected] or calling Athens’ Customer Service Department at 888-336-6100. Fees may apply.

Some HHW drop-off centers may allow drop off by small business generators (check links above).

Remove Batteries

If your nebulizer contains batteries, remove them and dispose of them separately. Learn how to dispose of batteries.

Compressor Is E-Waste

Anything powered by electricity, such as a nebulizer compressor, is considered e-waste. Find out how to dispose of e-waste.

Dispose of Leftover Medicine Separately

Any leftover medicine needs to be disposed of separately. Learn what to do with medicine and prescription drugs.

Mask, Mouthpiece & Tubing Are Garbage

The mask, mouthpiece and tubing from your nebulizer can go in the garbage.

Return to Medical Provider

Sometimes medical equipment can be returned to the doctor, clinic or hospital that provided them to you. Call your medical provider to see if you can return the nebulizer that is no longer needed.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

Breathe Hope

The Breathe Hope Program by Global Links recovers gently-used nebulizer breathing machines and shares them with their partners in communities with need in the U.S. and abroad. Learn how to donate your nebulizer to Breathe Hope.

Donate Unwanted Nebulizers

If you have a nebulizer in usable condition, consider donating it or giving it away. Charitable organizations such as Little Wins, AFCA and MedShare will accept used, working nebulizers and give them to someone in need. Med-Eq is another option for donating gently-used nebulizers.

Ways to Reduce

Buy Used Equipment

Consider buying a used nebulizer if it’s available and meets your needs. It’s a more eco-friendly choice and can also save you money. Learn how to properly clean a nebulizer for safe use here.

Ways to Reuse

Sell or Give Away Locally

If your nebulizer still works, consider selling it or giving it away to someone in your community (after properly cleaning it!). Try listing it on a platform such as Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.

Did You Know?

How to Properly Clean a Nebulizer