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New U.S. DOT Battery Recycling and Transport Rules

Friday, January 22, 2010

In July of 2009 the United States Department of Transportation released guidelines for packaging batteries for recycling. The old guidelines stated that all batteries over 1.5 volts had to have their terminals taped or be placed in plastic bag when packaging them for transport to a recycling facility. However, new guidelines from the DOT make things easier:

The new regulations state that dry rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries with a marked rating of 9-volts or less do not have to be sealed with tape or placed separately in plastic bags to prevent battery contact. Batteries that are 9-volts or less can be left unsealed in recycling containers with batteries of the same chemistry, i.e., alkaline with alkaline, Ni-Cd with Ni-Cd, etc.

Batteries that are over 9-volts or that are not dry cell still must be sealed in a way that prevents terminal exposure.

For more detailed information, see the new U.S. DOT safety letter that specifically outlines the guidelines. And as always, feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Battery recycling at is cost-effective and easy. EasyPak prepaid recycling containers are perfect for facilities with smaller amounts of batteries, while our bulk pickup service is the best option for large amounts of batteries.

An Inside Look at Our Battery Recycling Process

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Ever wondered what the recycling process looks like for batteries disposed of via EasyPak recycling containers? Look no further than this helpful feature that charts out and explains exactly what happens with your batteries once you fill your containers and ship them off.

This Process Flow Diagram illustrates the preliminary processing steps that batteries recycled with EasyPak recycling containers undergo. The process consists of:

1. Battery receipt and inspection

2. Sorting of conforming batteries
(non-conforming batteries are returned to generator)

3. Material sizing

4. Metal recovery

5. Separation of final product (Ni, Fe, Cr, Mn, & Zn-O)

We take the utmost care to make sure that your batteries are recycled in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. All of our recycling facilities are certified by the EPA and meet all state and local environmental requirements. If you have any more questions about what happens to your batteries once you send in your EasyPak battery containers please feel free to contact us at anytime. If you would like to learn more about battery recycling through EasyPak click here.