DO’s and DON’Ts OF BATTERY COLLECTION
1. What batteries should be bagged?
Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb) rechargeable batteries and lithium primary batteries must be individually bagged or have their terminals covered with tape before they are shipped*. Other battery types do not need to be individually bagged. If you are not sure what chemistry your battery is, then please bag it to be on the safe side.
*See next page for images of these batteries.
2. What do I do with powdery batteries?
Most likely batteries with powdery substance on or around them are regular alkaline batteries so not really a hazard. However, to be safe, kindly bag each of these batteries with powder on them individually as not to contaminate other batteries in the boxes. It avoids a mess in shipping and when the boxes are sorted. Or bring them to your municipal hazardous waste facility or contact them directly.
3. How do you recycle button cell lithium batteries?
Button cell lithium batteries MUST have their battery terminals covered BEFORE placing them in the box for shipping.
The best way to do this is by taking a strip of tape to make a ‘battery ribbon’.
– Place it sticky side up on the table
– Put button cell batteries on the sticky tape. (give about an inch between them)
– Then take another strip of tape, the same size as the other on the table
– Place the other strip of tape, sticky side down to cover the batteries on the other side of the tape.
4. What’s accepted and what’s not?
We collect and recycle all single-use and rechargeable batteries weighing less than 5 kg each and cellphones.
We do not accept:
– Car batteries
– Wet cell Ni-Cd, Wet cell lead acid vehicle batteries
– Visibly or known to be damaged batteries (leaking, cracked case)
– Cellphone chargers or accessories