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Do you know which batteries are dangerous and which are safe?
Did you know that dead batteries can cause damage if stored, disposed, or transported improperly?
We can all play a role in reducing the potential risks to people, property, and the environment.
Recently numerous fires have occurred due to lithium-ion batteries. Some of these fires took place at the
Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), Full-Service Drop-Off Centers and while in transport from one location to another in the recycling truck.
Lithium-ion batteries are used in many products such as:
Electronics (cell phones, tablets, iPads, etc.)ToysWireless headphonesHandheld power toolsSmall and large appliances Electric vehicles ClocksDigital CamerasPacemakersWatchesThermometersLaser PointersMP3 playersCalculators; andElectrical energy storage systems
Lithium-Ion batteries are highly flammable when punctured or exposed to foreign metals. They contain volatile chemicals which can react with other materials and pose a serious fire hazard. Lastly, if the devices and/or lithium-ion batteries are not disposed properly at the end of their useful life, they can cause harm to human health or to the environment.
Keep you, your home, family, and Mecklenburg County batteries safe! Dispose properly!
Here are some important tips to remember about lithium-ion batteries:
Lithium-ion can and should be recycled. If lithium-ion batteries are thrown into the garbage, they can cause a spark that could endanger individuals and surrounding property. Certain types of batteries, such as Nickel Cadmium rechargeable, can contaminate the environment if not properly disposed. Batteries are valuable and recycling them can reduce the need to mine for virgin materials along with transforming reclaimable materials into other useable products. Consumer awareness is key to changing behavior and ensuring more batteries are recycled the right way and don’t end up in landfills.
Taping the exposed terminals of batteries (or alternatively, bagging) can help prevent the battery from rubbing against other batteries, metals, or potentially flammable materials, which could result in fires, personal injury or other damage. Duct, electrical or packing tape are all good options in addition to clear Ziploc bags.
All rechargeable batteries need to be protected. This includes Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Zinc, Lithium-Ion, Small Sealed Lead Acid. Additionally, any battery over 12 volts. Lithium-based batteries pose a potential risk when not properly protected, as witnessed by several fires at MRFs across the country. For additional guidance, view our Battery Safety 101 video. When in doubt, always tape or bag.
Properly recycle your alkaline & rechargeable batteries by bringing them to Mecklenburg County Full-Service Centers free of charge. Visit: www.wipeoutwaste.com for hours of operation and locations.
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