With changes to the Battery Collection program, we wanted to share the five tips for safe and easy battery recycling in preparation for our Fall Battery Collection. Here are the top 5 tips from Call2Recycle:
Be sure to safely prep your batteries. There are two options: bag or tape. Option A: Bag each battery in its own clear plastic bag before placing it in a storage container. Option B: you can tape the terminals with clear packing, non-conductive electrical or duct tape, keeping label visible.
Store the batteries in a cool, dry place. Incidents can occur when batteries (or the devices they power such as a cellphone or tablet) are exposed to inclement or excessively hot weather. Store them in a plastic container; avoid metal.
If you see a swollen or bulging battery, immediately put it in a non-flammable material such as sand or kitty litter in a cool, dry place. DO NOT THROW AWAY. Contact Call2Recycle, the manufacturer or retailer immediately for instructions, especially if the label says it is Lithium or Lithium-Ion.
Timing is everything.
Aim to drop batteries to recycle within six months, ensuring they are bagged or taped.
Spread the word.
As we all use batteries to power our world, share the knowledge about battery recycling. It’s the right thing to do and helps keep batteries out of landfills!
Where to Recycle
You can drop off your batteries at our Hazardous Waste Depot year-round (check our website for winter or summer hours), or at one of our Mobile Events. Check out our Events Calendar or Hazardous & Electronics Waste Brochure to see when we’ll be in your town! As well, they can also be dropped off at our Material Recovery Facility (Recycling Facility) in Trenton.
Recycling your batteries safely has never been easier. Working together we can keep these little guys out of the landfills!