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Battery Recycling Program

Battery Center can now help recycle your old used batteries.

Recycling Batteries

Make an Impact; Be Responsible and Recycle your batteries once they have served their purpose


Batteries are not healthy to the environment if not disposed of properly.  Batteries can contain heavy metals and other hazardous materials/ chemicals.  If we do not take the initiative to send batteries to a recycler, they can end up doing harm to our environment if dumped in landfills or set aside and forgotten.

 

  • Recycling batteries keeps heavy metals out of landfills and the air. Recycling saves resources because recovered plastic and metals can be used to make new batteries.

 

  • A good recycler uses every bit of the batteries they collect, regardless of chemistry, and use their byproducts to make new products, including batteries and stainless steel items. 


Batteries are safe if disposed of properly.  Please do the right thing and recycle.

 

Types of batteries we recycle: 

1. Alkaline

2. Sealed Lead Acid (SLA)

3. Nickel Cadmium (NiCD or NiCad)

4. Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)

5. Lithium-Ion

6. Lithium Polymer

Battery Recycling Program:

Battery Center will accept batteries from everyone as long as the guidelines below are followed.  For the safety of the transporters, our Battery Center employees and the recycler’s safety, please follow each and every guideline and only ship the batteries we have mentioned that we recycle.The Customer shall be solely responsible for complying with all Department of Transportation (“DOT”) regulations, including, without limitation 49 CFR 173 (regarding shipment lithium batteries), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard and any other federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to the packaging, labeling, manifesting and transportation of the batteries to Battery Center's facility.

The batteries shall be shipped in containers of DOT approved 55 gallon size, made of a material compatible with the batteries contained therein. Such containers are to be banded together, four drums to a pallet. Pallets are to be 44” x 44” square, 4 way entry, constructed out of rough oak or hardwood having ¾” to 1” thick tops and bottoms with 2” x 4” stringers. DOT approved duty rated plastic pallets are satisfactory.

All shipping containers shall be labeled to indicate the hazardous nature of the contents, where applicable, as well as the waste code or waste type.

The Customer’s failure to comply with Federal, State or Local laws and regulations relating to the packaging, labeling, manifesting and transportation of the batteries to Battery Center’s facility can result in an explosion and a fire, either in transportation or at the receiving facility.

There are many kinds of batteries available today and several are regulated as hazardous materials in transportation that may only be shipped by certified hazmat carriers.

Lithium-Primary and Lithium-Ion Batteries:

Both rechargeable and non-rechargeable power sources (battery cells and batter power-packs), common in laptop-computers, cell phones, digital cameras, portable power tools and other small electronic devices, if dropped, crushed or short-circuited; these batteries can release dangerous amounts of heat and may ignite, and are dangerous in fires.

Special regulations apply to shipping these batteries (49 CFR 173). To ship lithium batteries by surface (rail, truck, sea vessel, etc) within, to and from the United States, the     shipments must meet the criteria shown below.

  • Batteries must be packaged in a way to avoid short circuits and taped or separated so that electrically active terminals cannot come into contact with each other. Terminals may be taped or placed in a non-conductive material.
  • The gross weight of the shippable container must be 66 lbs. Maximum
  • The shippable container must meet D.O.T. Packaging Group II requirements
  • The shipping container must be constructed of  Metal, Rigid Plastic, Wood or Rigid Fiberboard.
  • The shipping container must be capable of passing a 1.2 meter drop-test in any direction without spillage of the contents of the packaging, damage to the batteries inside or shifting of the contents that could lead to short circuit.
  • D.O.T. Shipping Description:    UN 3480, Lithium-Ion Battery, Class 9, PG II, UN 3090, Lithium Metal Battery, Class 9, PG II
  • The shippable container must be marked with a Class 9 Label. The label must be a background of contrasting color and must be at least 6 mm in height.
  • The shippable container must be marked: LITHIUM BATTERIES – FORBIDDEN FOR TRAMSPORT ABOARD AIRCRAFT AND VESSEL.” The label must be a background of contrasting color and must be at least 6 mm in height.

Lead-Acid Batteries (Vented and SSLA):

Common in emergency lighting, lead-acid batteries also power electric wheelchairs, computer UPS units, continuous back-up power supply systems, and other emergency power supply applications. These batteries contain a highly corrosive acid (sulfuric) and are capable of causing fires from short circuits.

To ship lead-acid batteries by surface (rail, truck, sea vessel, etc) within, to and from the United States, the shipments must meet the criteria shown below.

  • Batteries must be arranged on a pallet in a manner to prevent short circuits.  Batteries terminals must be taped and separated by card board if stacked so that electrically active terminals cannot come into contact with each other.
     
  • Tested, proven Non-Spillable batteries are allowed to be shipped as non-hazardous within the U.S.  Batteries and packaging must be marked "NONSPILLABLE" or "NONSPILLABLE BATTERY.
  • The shippable container must meet D.O.T. Packaging Group III requirements
  • D.O.T. Shipping Description:    UN 2800, Batteries, Wet, Non-Spillable, Class 8, PG III,  UN 2794, Batteries, Wet, Containing Acid, 8, PG III
  • The shippable container must be marked with a Class 8 Label, Corrosive, as shown below. The label must be a background of contrasting color and must be at least 6 mm in height.

Nickel Cadmium, Sealed Cells and Power-Packs:

Generally are recognized as batteries used in emergency lighting, powr tools, laptop computers, emergency back- up power supplies, and other portable devices. The battery and power-pack must be packaged in a manner that prevents the generation of a dangerous quantity of heat and short-circuit.

Special regulations apply to shipping these batteries (49 CFR 173). To ship nickel-cadmium batteries and power-packs by surface (rail, truck, sea vessel, etc) within, to and from the United States, the shipments must meet the criteria shown below.Batteries must be packaged in a way to avoid short circuits and taped or separated so that electrically active    terminals cannot come into contact with each other.

  • Batteries must be packaged in a way to avoid short circuits and taped or separated so that electrically active terminals cannot come into contact with each other.
     
  • The shippable container must meet D.O.T. Packaging Group III requirements
  • D.O.T. Shipping Description:   UN3028,Battery, Dry, Containing Potassium Hydroxide Solid, Class 8, PG III
  • The shippable container must be marked with a Class 8 label, Corrosive. The label must be a background of contrasting color and must be at least 6 mm in height.

Nickel-Cadmium, Industrial Cells:

Commonly used in Emergency Back-up Power Supplies, Commercial Rail Systems (Class I, II, II, Short-lines and Metro Rail Systems) and military applications. Batteries must     be packaged in a manner that prevents the generation of a dangerous quantity of heat and short-circuits.

Special regulations apply to shipping these batteries (49 CFR 173). To ship nickel-cadmium batteries and power-packs by surface (rail, truck, sea vessel, etc) within, to and from the United States, the shipments must meet the criteria shown below.

  • The shippable container must meet D.O.T. Packaging Group III requirements
  • D.O.T. Shipping Description:    UN 2795, Battery, Wet, Filled with Alkali, Class 8, PG III
  • The shippable container must be marked with a class 8 label (As seen above). The label must be a background of contrasting color and must be at least 6 mm in height.

Alkaline (House-hold Batteries):

The common alkaline battery (e.g., House-hold Battery) is not regulated as hazardous materials. When shipped separate from other batteries the insulation of the batteries terminals is not required.

DOT Description, no labeling or packaging required. When shipped with other battery types, then the shipping and packaging requirements of the most stringent battery type will apply.

Nickel Metal Hydride:

Found in Electric Vehicles (commercial design and application), Laptop Computers, and Portable-Power Tools, Cellular phones and other electronic devices.  As a common sealed cell or power-pack battery it is not regulated as hazardous materials; however the DOT packaging requirements must be met because all batteries can cause fires from short circuits if the battery terminals are not protected.

These batteries do not require a D.O.T. Shipping Label.

Devices with Batteries:

Any device with batteries must not turn on (operate) while in transit. Before shipping, remove the batteries and protect the terminals. Even very simple devices like flashlights or portable-power tools can generate a dangerous quantity of heat if accidentally activated.

Shipping Services:

Always use ground services to ship batteries. Never use air services to ship batteries accumulated for recycling for safety reasons, as such shipments are prohibited by regulation (see e.g., IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, Special Provision A154).

Shipments requiring hazardous-materials handling are accepted from contract hazmat shippers only.

Ship out the properly packaged batteries to Battery Center's Battery Recycling address below:

Battery Center
1520-B Broadmoor Boulevard
Buford, Georgia 30518


Other Recourses

(http://www.call2recycle.org) – Visit call2recycle’s website to find a local battery recycling center near you.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about recycling your batteries with Batterycenter.com or recycling in general, feel free to contact us at our toll-free number: (800) 225-557 or email us at: Sales@batterycenter.com