Do you have a bloated, corroded, leaking or burn marked battery? Perhaps the manufacturer has recalled?
Such types of incidents are becoming more frequent as batteries power more and more of the gadgets we use. Damaged batteries of lithium metal or lithium-ion are known to be especially hazardous. If these batteries are transported without proper protection, they are more likely to cause accidents of health, such as sparks, which may result in a fire.
It is therefore not possible to place damaged, faulty or recalled (DDR) batteries in a standard box or a normal jar. They can't be carried by air as well. Transport of such batteries requires a special method for handling and packing. A recycling service that meets all the packaging, handling and transportation requirements of Transportation is also available.
Depending on the battery form and relevant shipping specifications, the service provides the appropriate solution. In addition to accepting damaged batteries, they also provide services to faulty and recalled batteries that have been identified as having a reliability or safety issue by the supplier or consumer product protection that requires the battery to be shipped directly.
What Do You Do With A Damaged Lithium Ion Battery?
Broken or damaged cases can allow moisture and oxygen to enter the battery and oxidize the components of lithium, resulting in a heat reaction. This may result in fires or explosions. Overheating, overloading, and falling or crushing shock can also contribute to heat reactions.
Li-ion batteries that overheat, bend, bulge or swell or smell should be removed
Damaged, faulty, broken and recalled Li-ion batteries must be properly packed and transported to prevent safety issues during transport.
Unlike conventional alkaline batteries and other types of batteries, lithium-ion batteries have many advantages. These also have a longer service life than other batteries and carry more power when properly stored, treated and used. Establishing and following appropriate protocols for these batteries to be stored, treated and used can help prevent fires and explosions. Training staff to understand the dangers of Li-ion and other battery types as well as how to properly handle, store, and maintain them can help prevent damage to batteries, fires, and explosions.
Batteries that are damaged, faulty and recalled are hazardous and require special handling. Don't put them in the garbage because they might cause a fire. The guidelines for proper disposal of DDR batteries vary depending on your situation:
Consumers: Install the DDR battery as soon as possible in a non-flammable material like sand or kitty litter. Consult the Consumer Product Safety information from Health, the website of the manufacturer, or contact the store from whom you bought it to see if the battery was removed. If it has, follow the supplier, distributor, or Health's guidance.
Better, place the battery in a clear plastic bag (one per container) and take it to the recycling center of your municipal hazardous waste (HHW). To see if it allows defective batteries, you can also contact a local drop-off spot. Do not put them in the garbage.
Municipalities: Do not place DDR batteries in your regular container (box or drum) for collection. Employ in-house hazardous waste (HHW) management protocols. If there is no HHW service, please contact Recycle Customer Service to discuss the service for battery recycling. Place the battery in a short-term non-flammable substance like sand or kitty litter.
Retailers: Do not place DDR batteries in your regular collection box because they may cause a safety incident such as a fire or spark. Then, follow the procedures used by the company to treat hazardous household waste (HHW). Customer Service addresses your battery recycling support if you don't have an internal HHW plan. Place the battery in a flame-free sub.
Manufacturers with faulty, damaged or recalled batteries: Contact Customer Service to address the recycling service providing Transportation special packaging and recycling services for these battery types.