Proper Packaging of Alkaline Batteries
ALL ALKALINE BATTERIES REGARDLESS OF SIZE
DO – Package any leaking batteries separately from other batteries: Leaking or damaged batteries should be placed into zip lock or other plastic bags immediately as a safeguard. Wear gloves while handling any leaking or damaged batteries and thoroughly wash hands afterwards. Once bagged, damaged batteries are properly insulated and may be shipped alongside other alkaline batteries.
DO – Keep batteries stored in a cool, dry environment
DO – Package batteries in DOT approve UN Containers
ALL ALKALINE BATTERIES ABOVE 9 VOLTS
DO – Make certain that all battery terminals are protected: Tape battery terminals or package batteries in individual bags to properly insulate. Clear tape works best since it allows easy identification of batteries. Other types of insulation are available and may be substituted.
ALL ALKALINE BATTERIES 9 VOLTS OR BELOW
Bulk Packaging in approved DOT containers is permissible for spent dry cell alkaline batteries 9 Volts or below. Dry cell alkaline batteries 9 volts or below do not pose a likely risk of generating a dangerous quantity of heat or creating sparks due to short circuits according to a number of USDOT interpretation letters as long as they are package for transport separately from other battery chemistry types. Thus, dry cell alkaline batteries 9 volts or below are exempt from regulation requiring terminal taping and other measures meant to prevent short circuits when packaged separately from other battery chemistries for transport via rail or highway.
Please Note: Interconnected or multiple series of 1.5-volt batteries are excluded from this exemption and therefore their terminals must be taped to protect against short circuiting and other damage.