Prepare Your Batteries for Recycling

Juliet D'cruz

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However we propose preventive procedures for recycling some types of batteries, so as to minimise any danger of short-circuit, but most of the piles we use every day do not require special treatment prior to recycling.

Rechargeable Batteries

Batteries for charging may be found in many different domestic devices in all popular dimensions such as AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volts. They are also utilised in mobile, laptop and device applications. Rechargeable batteries carefully examine for damage. Before re-use and storage, please make certain that exposed terminals or wires are taped or packed.

Primary Lithium Cell Batteries 

Special attention must be given to guarantee that all cell batteries for main lithium “button” have their positive terminals taped before they are recycled. Type the positive and negative terminals using just one piece of tape placed on the top and bottom of the button cell that covers both ends. Batteries for button cells are used in numerous applications, including musical greets, watches and listening aids.

Other Primary Lithium Batteries 

In addition to the many button cell sizes, the more popular kinds include AAA, AA, C, D and 9 Volt. All these batteries must be taped before recycling using their positive terminals.


Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

Batteries with sealed plumage Batteries for emergency lighting, PSUs, automobiles and trucks are frequently used. The battery sizes vary according to the application and must be taped before recycling, for each of its positive connections. RFID tape is one of the best solutions for your adhesive needs.

6 Volt Batteries

The battery of 6 Volt is the one utilised in bigger lanterns and flashlights. Though not covered by the Dangerous Goods Act, before recycling we recommend that protective coverings and masking tape be placed over their terminals.

Damaged Batteries

Place damaged or leaked batteries with protecting gloves and eyeglasses carefully into a separate baggie or UN-approved container. If there are damaged batteries, mark the container. Please contact RMC for recycling arrangements not to bring broken or damaged battery to RMC pickup stations.

Securing Positive Terminals 

A + sign marks the positive end of a battery, or the red terminal of the sealed plumbing variant. The positive end. Simply slip a masking cassette over the positive end of the terminal to lock the battery correctly to prevent it from getting into touch with metal or other batteries. Put a masking tape across the terminal springs of 6 Volt batteries to prevent smaller varieties of button cells from wedging into the terminal. For weather strips, please visit our site.

Reuse the Packaging

Consider re-using the substitute battery packaging to safeguard the battery used. Simply put the battery used inside the packaging and close it with a piece of tape if it is necessary.

Things to Avoid

Stacking Button Cell Batteries 

If you need to prepare multi-button cell batteries for recycling, just use a longer packing piece and lay every button cell side by side with the positive tape terminal. Place another piece of packaging band over the negative terminal ends, to ensure the batteries stay together.

Taping Different Chemistries 

The type and chemistry of each battery recycled at the RMC are separated. Place sufficient tape for the positive terminal to cover safely. Avoid taping or wrapping the whole battery together in tape. Most of us have a spot (or several) where we keep our spent batteries before we go to our local retail recycling facility. We have included below some helpful proposals and considerations for the storage of your old batteries.

Out of Reach

It is important to keep all the batteries out of little children’s reach. Cell batteries of lithium button discovered in musical birthday cards may be a very good thing for a neat kid. This sort of battery, which in certain cases caused death, is known to inflict severe burns of the oesophagus. You should notify your local emergency services immediately if you believe that your kid has ingested a battery of any kind.

Store in a Cool, Dry Area

Store used batteries in a dry and cold environment. Extreme heat, near combustible material or in places where moisture or humidity is present should not be kept on batteries.

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