Call2Recycle works closely with the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) to ensure the safe collection and recycling of batteries. In June, the US DOT granted Call2Recycle® a special permit that lifted several restrictions on used battery shipments. The resulting changes make the program more convenient and easier to manage for collection sites.
Here’s an overview of the changes for preparing batteries for shipment:
All US Jurisdictions (except Vermont)
If you use the Call2Recycle collection box, the following changes should reduce the amount of time needed to prepare the batteries for shipping:
- You no longer need to tape or bag dry-cell Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) or Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries under 9V.
- You can mix battery chemistries that require bagging or taping with those that don’t.
- You can now ship non-spillable small sealed lead acid (SSLA/Pb) batteries weighing up to 25 lbs. (11.4 kg.).
- For customers seeking a primary (single-use) battery solution, Call2Recycle has a program add-on which is offered at competitive market rate. Contact our customer service team to learn more.
- For customers participating in the rechargeable battery recycling program, single-use batteries may inadvertently end up in the collection box.
- Regardless of the recycling solution of choice, here are a couple of changes:
- Single-use alkaline batteries (up to 12V) no longer need to be taped or bagged.
- Lithium primary batteries with up to 25 g (0.88 oz.) of Lithium metal content, such as those found in medical devices, can now be accepted.
As the first state to require producers to fund and manage a single-use battery recycling program, Vermont program participants will greatly benefit from the new US DOT requirements. The following changes apply only to sites that use the Call2Recycle box for collecting both types of batteries:
- Single-use alkaline batteries accepted within the program parameters do not need to be bagged or taped. They can be mixed with rechargeable batteries that require bagging or taping within the same box.
- Lithium primary batteries with up to 25 g (0.88 oz.) of Lithium metal content, which includes those typically found in medical devices, and non-spillable small sealed lead acid (SSLA/Pb) batteries weighing up to 25 lbs. (11.4 kg.), can now be accepted.
For more details on the types of batteries collected or the programs offered by Call2Recycle, click here. Call2Recycle will continue its efforts to increase awareness of battery recycling in our communities and to improve program safety and efficiency.
If you have questions, contact Call2Recycle Customer Service via email or by phone at 877.723.1297.Share