If you have old dentures, retainers, mouth guards and other dental prosthetics languishing in a drawer or bathroom cabinet, there are alternatives to chucking them into a black bin bag – why not instead recycle them? You could contact your dentist and ask if they will recycle them for you.
Many dentist practices will accept old dental prosthetics because they can send them back to their technicians who originally made them who will be able to recycle them. It’s advisable that you ask your dentist first before bringing your old dental prosthetics in, to make sure that they are able to offer recycling services.
If your local dentist is unable to provide a recycling service – free or otherwise – then you can also recycle your old partial dental prosthetics through the Japan Dentures Recycling Association. This charitable organisation raises money for UNICEF by donating the money made from recycling the metals found in donated partial dentures.
You can take part by posting your partial dentures to Japan Dentures Recycling Association, 350-8799 Kawagoe Post Office Stop, Japan. This option will involve you having to pay for the postage and packaging of your partial dentures and your local Post Office will be able to determine the cost for you. The Japan Dentures Recycling Association has these instructions for sending old partial dentures.