Common Battery Recycling Questions

Questions about Battery Recyclers of America

1. How much does battery recycling cost?
As often as we can we try and provide cash back to our clients for their recyclable batteries. In some cases we may need to charge if the volume is too low. If you’re not sure, fill this out for a quick quote.

2. What industries do you serve?
There are no industries that we do NOT serve. We do however specialize in business to business high volume recycling.

3. What chemistries do you recycle?
Lead Acid, Lithium Ion, UPS Lead Acid, Telecom Lead Acid, Industrial Lead Acid, Absolyte Lead Acid, Lithium Iron Phosphate, Alkaline, Button Cells, Lithium Primary, Wet & Dry Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Iron, Wet & Dry Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Metal Hydride, Silver Oxide

Battery Recycling 101

4. How can I identify my batteries?
Visit our battery types page to see if any of the photos seem to match the batteries you have. Additionally, send us the model number or manufacturer and we’d love to help you identify what you have. Misidentification of batteries during recycling can lead to dangerous shipping and recycling incidents.

5. What should I do if I only have a few batteries to recycle?
Check with your local electronics, hardware, and battery supply stores. Many of these places should be able to accept your used batteries free of charge. If you still have trouble finding a solution, please contact us and we will be happy to help you find some additional resources.

6. How do I recycle single use batteries?
Single use batteries do have some materials that can be recycled. Recycling single use batteries is most effective when bulk quantities are stored up and mailed in to a recycling center or a local collection location. Visit earth911.com for further information.

7. How do you dispose of a car battery?
Car batteries should never be thrown in the trash or in a dumpster. They must be recycled appropriately. If you have a large volume of these (60 or more) contact us for a recycling proposal. If you have less, then call your local hardware store or auto repair shop to find a location where you can drop off your spent car battery.

Recycling Regulations

8. Can you put batteries in the trash?
Simple answer is yes and no. If you live in California, you are required to recycle all your batteries. In other states, you can safely dispose of single use household batteries like AA, AAA, C, and D. Any rechargeable battery however, should be recycled.

9. Why is it good to recycle batteries?
It is good to recycle batteries because it is good for the environment and for sustainability. Batteries have corrosive and heavy metals on the inside. These metals are not good to be released into our landfills. Additionally, recycling contributes to the reuse of raw materials which can help keep costs low.

10. Am I legally required to recycle batteries?
According to federal law certain chemistries must be recycled. Some of these chemistries include lead acid batteries, lithium ion batteries in high volumes and nickel cadmium batteries. Alkaline batteries can safely be disposed of in the household waste stream. Some states like California have battery recycling regulations over and above federal regulations. Failure to comply with federal law or your state laws can result in hefty fines.

11. Why are you concerned with environmental impact?
We believe that what we do right now has a cumulative and long term effect on all our tomorrows and of the planet. Our company values environmental sustainability and makes sure to only work with the best and cleanest partners. We hold ourselves to a higher standard in an industry where these standards are often overlooked.

The Recycling Process

12. How do I dispose of a battery?
The method of disposal will vary depending on what type of battery you have. If you live in California, you are required to recycle all your batteries. In other states, you can safely dispose of single use household batteries like AA, AAA, C, and D. Any rechargeable battery however, should be recycled. All car and industrial batteries must be recycled.

13. Where can I get rid of old batteries?
Single use batteries do have some materials that can be recycled. Recycling single use batteries is most effective when bulk quantities are stored up and mailed in to a recycling center or a local collection location. Visit earth911.com for further information.

Old car batteries and old rechargeable batteries however must be recycled in the correct manner. These cannot be thrown away in the trash or in dumpsters.

14. How do you actually recycle the batteries?
Each battery chemistry is recycled differently. As a general rule, the outer casing of the battery is first broken apart or disassembled. Next, the internal components are either melted, crushed, or broken apart. The various components are sorted by type, cleaned and processed, and then returned into the new product materials stream.

15. How do you track where my batteries go?
We conduct environmental audits in North America. We track the shipment from the dock, while on the road, when received and when processed. We manage the process the entire way.

Handling & Logistics

16. Do you provide any special pickup or packaging services?
We go to great lengths to help our customers recycle their batteries. If that means picking them up inside a building or helping the client palletize the batteries prior to transport, we can do this. Contact us here for a quick quote.

17. Can you access remote locations to pickup my batteries?
Yes, we are able to access locations in all 50 states, even some locations with no address and only a latitude and longitude to go by.

18. Do you have a location where I can drop off my batteries?
Our company’s model is to coordinate the pick-up of your batteries to optimize the recycling process. Our pick-up service is available in all 50 states.

Preparing Your Batteries for Pickup

19. How do I prepare my batteries for shipment?
Contact us here for a free guide on how to properly package and palletize your batteries. Please be sure to let us know the type(s) of batteries you need to recycle.

20. How should I package my industrial batteries for recycling?
Industrial batteries must be packaged in accordance with DOT over the road safety regulation onto sturdy pallets with cardboard sheets placed on the pallet, in between any battery layers, and on top of the batteries. Poly banding, wooden strips, and 2x4s may also be used to secure. All terminals must be capped or taped. Class 8 – Corrosive Battery Labels must be secured to pallets.

21. How should I package my sealed lead acid batteries for recycling?
VRLA batteries must be packaged in accordance with DOT over the road safety regulation onto sturdy pallets with cardboard sheets placed on the pallet, in between any battery layers, and on top of the batteries. Stretch wrap is recommended to secure the batteries to the pallet. Non-Spillable Batteries comply with the provisions listed in 49 CFR 173.159a; therefore, must not be marked with an identification number or hazardous label and are not subject to hazardous shipping paper requirements.

22. How should I package my absolyte batteries for recycling?
Absolyte batteries must be packaged in accordance with DOT over the road safety regulation onto sturdy pallets with cardboard sheets placed on the pallet, in between any battery layers, and on top of the batteries. Stretch wrap is recommended to secure the batteries to the pallet. Non-Spillable Batteries comply with the provisions listed in 49 CFR 173.159a; therefore, must not be marked with an identification number or hazardous label and are not subject to hazardous shipping paper requirements.

23. How should I package my lithium batteries for recycling?
Lithium battery terminals must be taped or batteries must be packaged individually into sealed poly zipper bags. After taping or bagging, the batteries must be placed into sturdy cardboard boxes that are taped and stacked securely onto sturdy pallets. Pallets must then be stretch wrapped for safe transit. All pallets meeting lithium shipping exemptions must then be labeled with provided Lithium Caution Labels. Those pallets not meeting exemption must be labeled with provided Class 9 Hazard and Lithium Batteries Forbidden Labels to meet the DOT hazardous shipping regulations.

Recycling Certificates

24. What is a recycling certificate?
Recycling Certificates include the date of pick-up, the battery generator, the appropriate bill of lading and/or relevant job numbers, type of battery recycled, received weight, and EPA Identification number of the smelting facility. The certificate confirms that all applicable material described have been received and appropriately recycled and that all processes are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations. Each certificate is authorized, signed, and dated by Battery Recyclers of America to show your compliance.

25. Why do I need a recycling certificate?
Recycling Certificates prove that you are compliant with United States EPA regulations and demonstrate your dedication to protecting our environment.

26. Do you provide recycling certificates?
We make sure that your batteries are disposed, recycled, and smelted legally and safely. We will provide an official recycling certificate every time you recycle your batteries with us.

27. Can I request old recycling certificates?
Yes, all recycling certificates remain on file and can be supplied upon request. We do recommend that you save each recycling certificate since they are a record of your compliance with United States EPA regulations.

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