Even when they appear dead, batteries can contain a residual charge which may cause the battery to spark if it comes into contact with another metal object such as another battery, keys, or scissors.  This is why it’s important not to toss old batteries into a junk drawer or box without properly protecting them.  In particular, Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA) rechargeable batteries and lithium primary batteries must be individually bagged or have their terminals covered using electrical tape, duct tape or packing tape, before they are dropped into Call2Recycle boxes to avoid sparking. Alternatively, these batteries can be safely protected by placing each in a clear, sealable plastic bag.  

Other battery types do not need to be individually bagged or taped. If you are not sure of your battery chemistry, click here to learn more about what should be individually bagged or taped, or simply bag the battery to be on the safe side.

Call2Recyle will recycle the batteries and the recyclable bags used to safely protect the batteries.

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