Wireless Headphones

Alternative ways to recycle
Electronic Waste

Consider Donation
If the wireless headphones are still usable, please donate. Visit Athens’ Material Reuse page for ideas.

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

Household E-Waste Drop-Off
Your city or county may offer E-Waste and Household Hazardous Waste (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
E-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 e-waste drop-off centers may allow drop off by small business generators (check links above).


Never Throw in the Garbage

Wireless headphones contain metals and corrosive chemicals in their batteries that are toxic to the environment when not properly processed. Do not place them in the garbage.


Rechargeable Devices Cause Fires

Wireless headphones contain batteries that can start fires when put in the garbage or curbside recycling. Always dispose of devices with rechargeable batteries properly to keep sanitation workers safe.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program

Best Buy will recycle computer accessories such as headsets and many other home electronics for free. They also offer a trade-in program for more desired electronics. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Find a Best Buy location.


Apple Free Recycling Program

Apple runs a free reuse and recycling program for unwanted electronics. Depending on the condition of your items, Apple will give you credit if they have monetary value. Find out more about Apple’s recycling program.


Bose® Rechargeable Battery Recycling

Bose® products with rechargeable batteries can be recycled for free. Learn how to drop them off at a recycling location or call Bose® at 1(877) 210-3782 to receive a mailing label.


Sony’s Take Back Recycling Program

Sony works with a network of certified recyclers to collect unwanted electronics. They offer drop-off locations, one-day special events and in certain instances mail-back service where you can responsibly recycle your unwanted electronics, rechargeable batteries or media. Find out more about Sony’s recycling program.

Ways to Reduce

Take Good Care of Wireless Headphones

Keep your wireless headphones away from heat and direct sunlight and keep them clean and dry. If they get wet, allow them to dry completely before putting them back in their charging case. Additionally, use a protective cover for your earbud case to protect it from damage and extend its life.

Did You Know?

Lithium-Ion Battery Fires on the Rise

Since lithium-ion batteries are sensitive to pressure and contact, they can cause truck or facility fires when accidentally thrown in the garbage or curbside recycling. One Brooklyn recycling facility recorded over 100 fires caused by lithium-ion batteries in 2021. Another lithium-ion battery fire burned down a public recycling center in San Carlos, California, causing $6.8 million in damages.

What Devices Use Lithium-Ion Batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries are found in common consumer electronics such as wireless headphones, cell phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, calculators, handheld gaming devices, hearing aids, hoverboards, e-cigarettes, and cordless appliances and power tools. Lithium-ion batteries are also used in electric vehicles and solar energy storage.