Batteries

Why do I have to recycle batteries?

Batteries such as AA, AAA, C, D, & 9V’s still contain very small trace amounts of Mercury which is dangerous to the environment as well as other material that can be re-used.

What type of batteries do you recycle?

The Battery Recycler accepts and recycles all types of batteries from basic AA, AAA consumer batteries to very large NiCAD batteries. If your battery once powered something, we can recycle it.

Will I get paid for recycling batteries?

There are some batteries such as Lithium-Ion and Lead Acid batteries of a particular type that when in the right condition can provide a monetary benefit. Most batteries however will not provide any monetary benefit.

I only have a few pounds of batteries to recycle. Can you help me?

We can certainly help you. Please contact us today and we can direct you to your local HHW location where you can take not just batteries, but lamps, paint, motor oil etc. to be properly disposed of free of charge.

What do you do with the used batteries when they are recycled?

It depends upon the chemical make up of the battery, but all batteries are processed in a manner where nothing goes to landfill.

What are the dangers of storing used batteries in the home or workplace?

There are three potential hazards from storing used batteries incorrectly in the home or workplace. The first being fire due to the flammable gases that build up when used batteries are collected in an airtight environment. The second is possible spillage where toxic materials can come in contact with skin. The third and mostly isolated to the home is that of potential swallowing hazards of young children and babies.

How do you safely store used batteries in the home or workplace?

We recommend using a Battery Recycler Collection Container to prevent potential fire, spill and swallowing hazards.

What do you do with a Battery Recycler Collection Container when it is full?

When a Battery Recycler Collection Container is full, we recommend emptying the contents into a 5 gallon pail and taken to a dedicated 55-gallon drum for a specific type of battery type for final storage.

Does your company recycle industrial batteries as well?

Yes. The Battery Recycler can help you collect and recycle all types of industrial batteries.

Can I mix different types of batteries together in the same place?

We do not recommend this practice for a number of reasons. The first due to safety hazards of mixing chemical types and the potential for fire this brings. Secondly, we advise against this from a cost point of view, due to extra manpower downstream required to properly sort the used batteries by chemical type.

Do I have to bag or tape used batteries before placing them in a Battery Recycler?

Yes, but only batteries that you could recharge. AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries that are not rechargeable do not have to be taped or bagged.

Do used batteries have to be separated by type?

Yes. Used batteries at final collection point must be separated by type due to safety and cost concerns.

Are used batteries dangerous to handle once they’ve been sitting for a prolonged period of time?

Yes. Used Batteries as they breakdown leech out a harmful substance that is caustic to human skin. If it is necessary to handle used batteries after they have been placed in an appropriate Battery Recycler Collection Container or any other approved container, please wear protective gloves and goggles.

Can you help me develop a battery-recycling program?

I thought you’d never ask! We can certainly help your organization develop a full Universal and E-Waste collection and recycling program.

Lamps

What type of lamps do you recycle?

The Battery Recycler accepts all types of lamps from Incandescent to Mercury Vapor.

Will I get paid for recycling used lamps?

No. Most lamps contain mercury, which is a hazardous waste and must be recycled of properly at a cost.

Why do you have to recycle used lamps?

You have to recycle fluorescent lamps due to the mercury in each bulb. Beyond the mercury, there are also other materials such as glass and metal that can be re-used.

I only have a few lamps to recycle. Can you help me?

We can certainly help you. Please contact us today and we can direct you to your local HHW location where you can take not just batteries, but lamps, paint, motor oil etc. to be properly disposed of free of charge.

What do you do with the used lamps once they’re recycled?

Each fluorescent lamp is broken down in a very large machine, which is able to separate all the mercury leaving only clean glass, which is then repurposed, into various products such as windshields for automobiles.

How do you safely store used lamps in the home or workplace?

The Battery Recycler highly recommends placing used lamps of any type into the replacement bulbs OEM packaging. This reduces cost as well as your recycling program’s carbon footprint. If you are unable to place used lamps into a replacements packaging, The Battery Recycler offers boxes and fiber drums to fit your needs.

What are the dangers of storing used lamps in the home or workplace?

The dangers of storing used lamps of any type in the home or workplace is the threat of broken glass and exposure to harmful toxins.

Should I tape used fluorescent bulbs together?

No. Do not tape any type of lamps together. This can hinder greatly the recycling process.

Do used lamps have to be separated by type?

We recommend collecting bulbs of the same length and type together for packaging purposes and to remove as much sorting/repacking downstream as possible.

What do I do if I break any of the used lamps?

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Does it cost money to recycle used fluorescent and non fluorescent lamps?

Yes. Due to the mercury in most lamps excluding incandescent, halogen or quartz, there is a cost to recycle these lamps properly.

Can you help me develop a lamp-recycling program?

I thought you’d never ask! We can certainly help your organization develop a full Universal and E-Waste collection and recycling program.

Ballast

Do you recycle ballast with PCB’s in them?

Yes. We are able to safely process ballast with PCB’s.

Where would I have ballast in either the home or the workplace?

Ballasts are used to regulate current to fluorescent lights and provide sufficient voltage to start the lamps. The ballast can be found when replacing lighting systems.

How do I tell if my used ballast has PCB’s in it?

If your lighting system was manufactured prior to July 1, 1979 may contain PCB’s. Any lighting system manufactured July 1, 1978 and July 1, 1998 that do not contain PCBs must be labeled, “No PCBs”

How do you package used ballast for recycling?

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Why are PCBs harmful to our human health and the environment?

According to EPA, exposure to PCBs can cause chloracne (a painful disfiguring skin illness), nausea, dizziness, eye irritation and bronchitis. Ingestion of PCBs can cause liver damage and digestion problems.

Electronic Waste

What is E-Waste?

Why do I have to recycle my old electronics?

What type of E-Waste do you recycle?

The Battery Recycler accepts all types of E-Waste. We encourage our clients to keep whatever E-Waste is being recycled in good condition to achieve the highest rebate possible.

What do you do with E-Waste when it is recycled?

All E-Waste that is received is broken down by hand not machines that support local jobs and allow us to achieve higher resource recovery rates compared to if machines were to break it down. From there, every bit of plastic, metal, silicon and other precious materials are separated and recycled. We also strive to resell as many pieces of equipment as we can due to the monetary benefit and the greatly reduced carbon footprint that is associated to re using vs. recycling.

Does The Battery Recycler wipe information off hard drives?

Yes. We adhere to Department of Defense standards for wiping of all information. You can be assured that your equipment will be handled with care with your protection always being top priority.

How do you safely store E-Waste in the home or workplace?

The Battery Recycler recommends designating a central location to store all waste. With E-Waste, we highly recommend taking extra care in making sure nothing is broken. Treat your E-Waste like items you are hoping to sell. The better condition it is in, the more money you will make.

Does it cost money to recycle E-Waste?

No. In fact, we can provide free pickup of certain items at no cost to you, and with certain items will provide you a rebate once everything is processed and verified.

Does your company ship any of the E-Waste overseas?

No. The only part of any E-Waste that is shipped overseas are precious materials like Gold, Platinum, Silver etc. due to the United States not signing the Kyoto Protocol. This allows smelters here in the US to operate at much dirtier levels than compared to European counterparts.

Mercury Containing Devices

Does your company accept mercury-containing devices for recycling?

Yes. The Battery Recycler can help you recycle your equipment containing mercury.

How do you properly pack mercury-containing devices for recycling?

Please contact us directly for more information

What type of devices normally contains mercury?

Various types of medical equipment, older computer screens and many other typical household/office items

The Battery Recycler Collection Container

How big is a Battery Recycler?

A Battery Recycler Collection Container is 12 inches (30.48 cm) in height by 6 inches (15.24cm) in diameter

How many pounds of used batteries can a Battery Recycler hold?

Each Battery Recycler Collection Container can hold 17 pounds (7.71 kg) of used batteries

What is a Battery Recycler made out of?

Each Battery Recycler Collection Container is made out of 100% recyclable post consumer polypropylene plastic

Is a Battery Recycler recyclable?

Yes! 100%

Why is the lid removable on a Battery Recycler?

The lid was designed to be removable for two reasons. The lid is removable to allow bigger batteries that do not fit through the opening and to allow each Battery Recycler to be emptied and reused

Do I ship used batteries in a Battery Recycler?

No. A Battery Recycler Collection Container is meant to be a dedicated trashcan in your home or workplace for used batteries

Can I reuse a Battery Recycler multiple times?

Yes. We have had some clients use the same Battery Recycler Collection Container for more than 6 years

Where should I place a Battery Recycler in the home or workplace?

You should place a Battery Recycler Collection Container in an area of high visibility and foot traffic to ensure everyone recycles his or her used batteries. Do not place a Battery Recycler Collection Container below a desk or in an area that is not easily accessible or seen

How do I become a distributor and be able to sell Battery Recycler containers?

Please contact us at Sales@TheBatteryRecycler.com or call us at 562-434-4502 to begin the process of becoming a distributor at your earliest convenience


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