Universal Waste Disposal is positioned to handle all your battery recycling needs. As a leader in the field of managing potentially hazardous waste, we understand that battery recycling goes far beyond the common household AA’s.
While the energy in the battery itself may not be reusable, as with primary cell batteries of many kinds, the materials themselves are 100% recyclable.
Though lithium primary batteries make up only a very small percentage of the overall amount manufactured and disposed of on an annual basis, it very common for their use to be implemented into the design of a piece of equipment with long lives.
For instance, for many years, water meters have used small lithium primary batteries to run for decades at a time.
As a general rule, compared to the more stable alkaline batteries, lithium must be treated with even more care.
Lithium ion batteries have become a staple in consumer goods over the past 20 or more years.
As energy demands increase and consumers make the shift to more powerful mobile devices, the batteries used must be able to keep up.
Though we have seen many innovations in battery technology, most notable with electric vehicles in the auto industry, it is very important the users of those batteries are cognizant of the dangers they pose when not disposed of properly.
At the same time, battery quality is determined by the production methods and material used (or not used).
When not handled properly, lithium batteries have been known to combust, causing fires that cannot be put out with water alone.
A very relevant example of the dangers of lithium batteries, even when following proper usage guidelines, is Samsung’s recall of spontaneously combusting Galaxy S7 Note.
In fact, more than two years later, airlines still make announcements that they will not take off if there are any aboard the flight.
Tape the terminals.
Federal regulation require that the terminals on lithium ion batteries are covered securely to minimize of contact causing combustion
While this can be accomplished in many ways, the most common way is to apply a thick tape, such as electrical tape, to the terminals.
After which, as with all batteries, they should be stored securely in a container that can be can be closed securely, such as a plastic pail with screw-top lid