Batteries are recycled in a multistep metallurgical process. Batteries are shredded and sorted into requisite components. There are many metals, plastics, and secondary materials that are recovered including zinc and iron.
Keep reading to find out how you could even potentially get paid to recycle your old batteries and have them taken out of your hands (and off your mind) as soon as tomorrow.
Depending on the battery type, here are specific guidelines to follow in order to properly recycle them.
But don’t worry — for lithium Primary (LI-SOCl₂) batteries, we at Battery Recyclers of America provide white-glove services to palletize your batteries that adhere to federal DOT safety regulations.
For more details, we conveniently offer a comprehensive step-by-step guide to package your batteries here. For other types of batteries, we also provide detailed answers on our FAQ page regarding how to package different battery types.
If you’re unsure whether you have lithium Primary batteries, feel free to contact us, and one of our associates will help you identify them.
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It is important to be aware of the laws surrounding proper battery recycling and disposal. The “Battery Act” (The Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996) is a federal law that states that batteries such as lithium primary batteries must be recycled for reuse.
Each state also has its own laws regarding battery recycling. To learn more, go to BatteryCouncil.org for more information on your state’s battery recycling laws.
Battery Recyclers of America provides full-service battery recycling solutions that are certified and follow federal laws. By working with us, you’re placing your trust in a team of experts that have 10+ years of experience and can help you follow these laws and regulations without any problems.
The Universal Waste Regulation set out by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) , was put in place to create safe recycling and disposal processes of batteries. Prior to this regulation, the harsh and toxic materials that comprise batteries contributed to overflowing landfills and further exacerbated detrimental effects on the environment.
While this regulation has made great strides in remedying the effects of our waste, many American plants continue to outsource their waste to countries that have lax environmental laws to avoid hefty EPA compliance fees.
We at Battery Recyclers of America are passionate about environmental sustainability. We prioritize working with partners who share the same values. Our organization is in good-standing with the EPA due to our sustainable practices and programs when recycling Lithium Primary batteries.
We often recycle batteries at no cost to our clients. In fact, our clients often receive cash from us, depending on the type of batteries they recycle.
Working with a proven battery recycling company is paramount to ensuring that you’re following these rules. Battery Recyclers of America guarantees that you will be using the best recycling programs to date, and utilizing EPA-approved facilities.
Lithium Primary batteries are a variant of lithium batteries that are commonly found in devices that only need low amounts of power. This is due to their extremely long shelf life, which can last up to 10 years. Unlike lithium-ion batteries, these batteries are not rechargeable.
Lithium Primary batteries contain a liquid cathode, and are able to sustain extremely low temperatures. You can find higher-current versions of these non-rechargeable batteries in some vehicle and military applications.
The cells in lithium Primary batteries have the highest energy density of any form of lithium battery. They also produce limited emissions under abusive conditions, which is an advantage over other battery chemistries that use liquid to produce a gas by-product.
These batteries also exhibit an extremely low self-discharge, usually under 1% a year. This efficiency has made them a popular choice for devices that require only a low, sustainable charge. However, due to their high cost and safety concerns, you will not find these batteries in normal civilian applications. One of the largest safety concerns associated with them is that the battery can explode when shorted.
These powerful batteries can last up to 40 years. If your lithium Primary batteries have reached their limit and can no longer perform, contact Battery Recyclers of America today. With our help, you will be providing a positive contribution to a healthier environment, and making sure that the valuable materials in the battery do not go to waste.