FAQs / Do I have to bag or tape my battery terminals before I ship them?

Call2Recycle encourages you to bag and tape all batteries because it is often difficult to identify specific chemistries. The U.S. DOT requires certain battery terminals be bagged or taped prior to transportation. This avoids possible sparking when the terminals come into contact.

  • Primary (Alkaline, carbon zinc): greater than 12V
  • Primary (Lithium, button, coin cell): all
  • Rechargeable (Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Zinc): greater than 9V
  • Rechargeable: (Lithium-Ion or SSLA/PB): all

If you run out of Call2Recycle bags, you can use clear plastic bags, such as newspaper or produce bags. You can also protect the terminals with duct or non-conductive electrical tape. Do not cover the brand name or chemistry of the battery.

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